Does anyone’s horse have a particular quirk or ritual?

One little mare I teach is full of character, and has this routine within the first few minutes of being ridden.

She gives a diaphragm wrenching cough, throwing her head to the floor, and coughs a couple more times, before “blowing her nose” and exhaling noisily and then “wiping her nose” on her foreleg. Akin to a child rubbing their nose on their sleeve. 

The routine is so predictable her owner can direct the mare, in much the similar way as a parent with a full-of-cold child. 

Once her nose is wiped, the mare continues her job as though nothing has happened, but it ha hilarious to watch.


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