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post #1 of 8 Old 05-24-2009, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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Head down while grooming

I don't know if this is a result of training, security-growth or just an "it's-that-kind-of-day" thing:

Yesterday while grooming my 6 yr old stdbd she would put her head right down to the floor and nuzzle the cement or the dirt or whatever was there. If I stopped, raised her head and then started again, she'd put her head back down. Completely stress-free as far as I could see. Maybe she's finally learning how to chill and this is her comfort position for grooming?

BTW, I have spent quite a bit of time over the last few months encouraging her to keep her head down, but not that far down!

Anyone else ever see this?
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-24-2009, 10:12 AM
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The mare that I ride for lessons does this some days. I'm not sure. For her, this is when she's relaxed. Most of the time she's pretty uptight and crabby (she's an old lady. haha), but when she does relax, she puts her head wayy down.

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post #3 of 8 Old 05-24-2009, 09:46 PM
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Yeah, Some of the horses I ride do this. I think they're acting like another horse is grooming them, like what they would do in the pasture, and it's just a reflex.
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Thanks. This is definitely a HUGE step for her then. Yipee!
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-24-2009, 11:14 PM
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I agree

I would have to say that I agree with you guys are saying, I think that the horse is just being relaxed and minding its own buisness... So it is definately a good sign.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-26-2009, 09:22 AM
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Yes, and it's a good sign they see you as their friend who acts like a horse. :)
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-26-2009, 05:19 PM
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My horses both put their heads down when I groom them. I think it just relaxes them and they enjoy it.
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-27-2009, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I think it's great she's so relaxed. I just had never seen a horse put their head ALL the way down like that for grooming. Let's see if she maintains that behavior!
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