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Why Some Equines Stick Out Their Tongues

Posted by PrimRose on August 14, 2018 at 7:10 AM

Some of the equines at the sanctuary stick out their tongues after drinking water. It is because their lips don’t seal well and it is hard to keep the last bit of water in their mouths to swallow later without using the puffy wet seal of the tongue. If you offer them hay from your hand the last of the water dribbles out. This is Wilson and Gordon both hinnies. Hinnies have a donkey for a mother and a horse for a father. There is a slight cross on their backs along the spine and across the shoulders. Mules’ parentage is the opposite and there is no cross. This was a very hot day and both hinnies were drinking a lot of water and using their tongues to hold the water in. Perhaps to have some for later.


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