Nostril Blowing

Fletch-Sassy-Smooch

Though it may look like I am kissing Fletch on his muzzle, I am not: I’m blowing very gently into his nostrils as he inhales, one way horses communicate with each other.  According to some (I haven’t found a place where this has been documented), this technique was used by early Native Americans in deepening their connection to & domestication of wild horses.  I see it almost like an introduction.

I take a turn, then Fletch takes a turn. I do this almost every time I see him, and he loves it–he almost comes to expect it when I visit him at the barn.  He is the snuggliest horse I know.

I only try this with horses I completely trust: some horses love it, others don’t seem to care for it.  I start when the horse is in a stall, and if the horse comes close enough to where I stand, I’ll blow softly.  If you are very familiar with body language, you can determine if this is something a horse is interested in.   Fletch, pictured, liked it from the start.

This is something I heard about as a young girl growing up with horses, and I try it with each horse I work with.  Not forcefully, but with a spirit of curiosity.

How do you bond with the horses you love?

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August 2, 2013 · 11:26 pm

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