Horse affection: How do they show It?
Horse affection is often much more subtle than it would be from a cat of dog. Although we think that patting a horse on the nose is affectionate, it is not the case. Horses like to nuzzle each other so patting or stroking your horse on the neck is much better. You will be able to notice affection from horses if they move their head towards you or nuzzle you even slightly.
Another sign of horse affection is making very low noises in your presence. Horses have very sensitive hearing and speaking in a low voice to them is a sign of your affection.
In the wild, affection from horses is noticeable when they hang their heads over each other’s necks and ‘hug’ each other. Horses may sometimes do this to their human owners as well.
One of the most obvious signs of horse affection is licking, lipping or kissing. A horse will often use its mouth to ‘kiss’ their owner, often on the neck, chest or even hair. This can sometimes be misinterpreted and make people feel uncomfortable, especially people who are not used to being around horses.
Another obvious sign of horse affection is if they follow you around. If you happen to have food this is obvious but one of the best signs of affection from horses is when they simply like to be in your presence. Many horses will follow their owner around the pasture or the stall as they want to be close to you.
- Horses will also keep their noses near each other and breath the same air as a sign of affection.
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