Leaning on you
Sharing body contact is one of the main ways horses share affection. Since horses don’t have hands to hold or arms to give hugs, gentle leans and even “neck hugs” express their love.
Itching can be a legitimate reason for a horse wanting to rub on something, but that something shouldn’t be you. That doesn’t mean that you can’t help out your itchy horse, though. If you’ve just come in from a long, hot ride and your horse is sweaty under the bridle, rubbing is just a way to scratch her itchy head.
Horses are able to form companionship attachments not only to their own species, but with other animals as well, including humans. In fact, many domesticated horses will become anxious, flighty, and hard to manage if they are isolated.
It took me 18 months to really bond with my horse and I can even remember the day it happened, and always will keep that day in my memories.
Horses can read human facial expressions and remember a person’s mood, a study has shown. The animals respond more positively to people they have previously seen smiling and are wary of those they recall frowning, scientists found.
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Horses also understand words better than expected, according to the research, and possess “excellent memories,” allowing horses to not only recall their human friends after periods of separation, but also to remember complex, problem-solving strategies for ten years or more.
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Because they want you to know that they love you while they are secretly shedding their hair on you. They know you have treats and are telling you that they are hungry. They need a itching post and they found that nudging and rubbing on humans can relieve them of any itch.
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But research suggests they will take notice if they miss out on the emotional connection they’re used to. Some horses come to rely on their owners for comfort, and that connection can’t easily be replaced. If you’re missing your horse, there’s a good chance they’re missing you too.
While there are horses who seem to lick as a sign of affection, this is not the primary reason a horse will lick you. Your horse could be licking you because their sodium levels are low, indicating a potential health problem. It could also be a sign of boredom or a lack of mental stimulation.