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Yes, some horses have much more sensative skin than others. For example, one of the geldings that I ride will press himself into the metal curry for a massage, but with the exact same curry, my mare will try to kill me if I even try to touch her more sensative skin (chest, legs, belly, etc) with it.
You can't fix a horse's nerves, but you can try using different methods and types of curry comb. What works well for Sour (my mare) is a rubber curry mitt, which is considerably softer and more forgiving than a normal curry. Also try to take your time. Instead of vigorous rubbing, do slow circles as if you're trying to give him a massage. Only press as hard as you must. You might try tying him with a hay net or something the first few times until he realized that you're not trying to hurt him with the brush, and praise him for holding still. Use the dandy brush or a face cloth/sponge in any areas that you can get away with as well, or even a spray bottle to soften some of the dirt before picking it out.
ETA: Sour is extremely thin skinned as well. Darned chestnut horse ;)
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Last edited by Endiku; 04-25-2012 at 11:21 AM.