Understanding how horses show affection for each other can help us communicate to our horses how important they are. So how do horses show their friendship?
The more friendly two horses are the more often they will groom each other. They tend to start at the bottom of the mane - a hard to reach spot - and work up. Some horses will also nibble the neck, shoulders and along the back. As with the mare and foal this grooming helps to free any matted patches, clear dead skin and remove loose hair.
These sessions usually only last 3 or 4 minutes but sometimes can be up to 30 minutes long. Horses groom each other more in the Spring and Summer, which helps remove the winter coat and can also help with itches caused by flies!
So, to show your horse friendship the best thing you can do is groom them. Spending time grooming them shows them that you are their friend. You can imitate a companion nibbling them by using your fingers up the mane, but, if you are doing it well be careful as you may get nibbled back!
Basil and Chesney tend to groom each other quite often and I have also seen Chesney and Tommy grooming in the last few weeks which is great!
Have you seen last week's video 'Lunging Basil ... sort of' on my You Tube channel.
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