So many people are drawn to constantly want to touch or be close to the horse's muzzle area as it seems to provoke emotions in the human.
I have found one of the easiest ways to assess the horse's current mental, emotional, and physical state is reflected in how he holds his muzzle.
- Are there wrinkles and worry lines above the nostrils or below the bottom lip?
- Are the nostrils flared, is one held larger than the other, are they elongated and narrow, or look like they are inflated?
- How fast is his breathing, when at a standstill? Are his breaths quick and short?
- Is the bottom lip wrinkled up, and held with tension, or soft and hanging?
- Is the area in general quiet and relaxed, or is there a lot of movement in the horse's upper and lower lips?
Have you noticed any patterns or behaviors when working with your horse and what he displays in his muzzle area?