Affectionate gestures are considered spoiling a horse but the extremes we go to and the things we buy for them aren't?? Crazy! My horses are spoiled rotten I suppose. My mare is the only one who will rub her face on me- I know, the evilest. She's never pushed me over or been forceful about it, and it's usually on my arm or side or thighs. I'm definitely aware that a head toss could break my nose or what have you, but that's why I keep my face at bay. (Yeah accidents happen) When I'm just hanging around with them in the pasture, I let them "crowd my space". I'll be sitting and reading and they'll be right above me lookin' at me like "wat doin down there???". All it would take is a single spook and I'm sure I'd be tromped over. It's funny though, my geldings walk so gingerly around me. But out and about, or when my cousins come over to pet them, all 3 are absolutely on their best behavior and remember their manners. They all also love zippers on my jackets or strings on my pants. They love mouthing it around. No one has pulled or attempted to eat it yet so I'm saying so far so good. I think they like the sound of the zipper and just fiddling with loose things.