I recently bought my new mare, and she was quite nervous in the tack-up area. I never really brushed her, because she's always so clean, but one day I gave her a really hard curry-comb scrub....she loved it!!! I bought her one of those curry-combs with the thick round bumps on it, and she gets a "massage" after every ride now... she's relaxed 100% in the tack-up area! It's like magic!
Does anyone else's horse do this? She also makes funny "llama" faces when she's scrubbed, so if anyone has pictures of their horse's happy grooming face, please post! Sadly I haven't gotten my camera out to the barn yet, it's too muddy..