Lick, Chew, Yawn

May 20, 2013

Sometimes in this blog I mention that a pony was licking and chewing and refer to it as a good thing.  When a pony is learning they often lick their lips, or chew.  Its a good sign that they are digesting and thinking through the situation.  Yawning is similar but is also a bit debated.  Some feel that it is a sign of stress or distress.  Some feel that it is a release of stress and decision to relax.  Both are basically saying the same thing.  The horse is stressed and releasing some of that stress.

All normal and positive behaviors.

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