The barn I used to ride at had a "trend" of this going on, where everyone would take pics of them doing this and put it on their Facebook as their profile pictures. Some of the horses I would have been wary to feed by hand, much less risking the integrity of my face. I guess they think it looks cool - but it looks stupid to me, even when it goes well.
my horse is very gentle, I don't think she would take my face off, bit the fact is, they can VERY easily take your face off!!!!
I don't even know it was true, but my dad always warned me about a woman who lost her lips this way, and had to under go many surgeries, he always said to keep my face away from my horse's, thats sound advice!
If I was a barn owner, I would not allow this at my barn. Too dangerous, and just no point in doing it!
I had a mare who loved wintergreen TicTacs and she could take one from between my teeth with her teeth and not even touch me. I wouldnt try it with either of the nags I have now, though...when I was horribly upset and crying once she came to me and started gently scraping my cheek with her teeth to comfort me. Very careful and maternal and it was comforting in a strange way.
Did it with the pony when I was little. Pretty sure my trainer was never looking when I did it! There is no real point and it's hella scary having a mouth that huge right in your face... I suppose I did a lot of stupid things way back when, but I wouldn't do it now.
My boyfriend has a dark blue-roan TWH that probably could have been the inspiration for the old Hungry Hungry Hippos game, based on the way he takes treats. He's not intentionally mouthy, he just has a huge, broad head and he REALLY loves his treats. So, any treats he gets are thrown in his corner feeder or he has to "park out" for one. But no, he's not going anywhere near my face with those big flibber-lips of his.
The sorrel gelding is more gentle about it, but a bit clumsy and uncoordinated. There are times I wonder if he drops the treat intentionally just to see how many times I'll pick it up for him.
My little black gelding is the only one I might trust to take a treat from my mouth. . .but it's just as easy to just give it to him.
Please copy and paste this to your signature if you know someone, or have been affected by someone who needs a smack upside the head. Lets raise awareness.
This is not something I'd ever be tempted to do. The point about where their muzzles have been....yuck, and the fact that they can literally tear your face off....The horse in the video is awful cute though.
"My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."
As was pointed out above, a horse bite could literally break your face. What a stupid way to ruin your looks. But I guess your horse will still love you no matter where your nose is located. By all means, carry on.