Originally Posted by tinyliny
My lease horse loves to have me ride with my knuckles pressed on either side of his withers. He lowers his head and walks like a tired ol' cowpony.
I think it massages his shoulder muscles. Since horses's shoulders are not actually connected to the spine, but kind of "float" in a structure of muscles, then it must be nice to have them massaged. Also, I think horses have some kind of automatic inborn calming mechanism with being "grabbed" by the wither, don't they? Doesn't a stallion sometimes grab the mare there to quiet her when breeding? Or am I wrong on that?
Hm, the stallion doesn't seem to be "quieting"; but I don't know! I know mares rarely get bred unless they want it. But interesting that your lease horse likes the "massage." I hope the others try it.