Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I love the smell of horse sweat

I got into a discussion about horse smells the other day on a writing blog I frequent. I mentioned that I love the smell of horse sweat, and the blog's owner was really surprised — not just that horse sweat has a distinct smell, but that horses sweat at all. (Dogs don't sweat, so someone who doesn't know much about horses could logically assume that they're the same way.)

When Amy asked what horse sweat smells like, I didn't know how to answer. It's a very clean, earthy, almost primitive smell — much different than the smells of manure or dirty stalls, which people usually assume horses smell like.

Actually, horses that are pasture kept don't smell like manure or dirt at all. They smell like "sunshine and fields," as another commenter said.

When my horse was kept on the in-laws' pasture, I used to love to bury my nose in the warm fur on his neck, breathing in the horsey scent. I can't do that anymore, particularly now that he loves to roll in the dust, but I still get to enjoy the smell of his sweat after he's gotten a good workout.

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