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hello lisa. today i had been to the stable during feeding time. most of the horses pinned their ears when i approached them. i have collected little quantity of feed from their feed tub and showed it to them. i couldnt believe it. they approached me, sniffed the feed in my hand and left away. may i know why did they react like that?

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Horses can be very smart animals, there may be something about the way you approach them, body posture or even smell that they do not like.  Is this a normal reaction or something new they have done?  When my horses do not feel like being social with me they will pin ears, walk away and even ignore me.  

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Lisa Lee

Expertise

Questions on basic training, fire safety with all types of animals, transportation questions, Fire Code requirements for buildings (NYS), basic building construction, fire safety in barns and animal facilities.

Experience

Over 20 years experience in the horse industry, from working on farms to owning and breeding my own horses. Have been involved with Code Enforcement and NFPA Standard development for the past 7 years. I am also involved in the Fire Service, both volunter and professionally, for a total of 20+ years.

Organizations
Past - NFPA, current, Easy Street Horse Rescue (Board of Directors)

Education/Credentials
Multiple National Certifications in the Fire Service, including Fire Service Instructor, Fire Investigator Level 1, Hazardous Materials Technician; and I am curently close to the completion of my AS in Fire Science Technology. Over 20 years experience working with horses both personally and professionally, currently owner of 2 Paso Fino horses.

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