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    10-05-2009, 07:56 PM
I'm with TB is thin skinned, and I now use finishing/face brush with a rubber curry all over his whole body, and he STILL has some issues with be brushing his neck/chest area and some days he doesn't like his barrel or croups being touched. He pins his ears, turns to glare at me, stamps his foot....pretty much everything to let me know he is not very happy. He's most recently picked up the habit of pawing.

He picks up his feet fine, that is the one advanage of having an OTTB, but if I take longer than he thinks I should he tries to pull away.
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    10-05-2009, 09:29 PM
This is how the thoroughbred I rode at the one stable was. He kicked the whole time you groomed him even with a soft brush. But this was every single time. He truely wasn't kicking at you just to make his point and it's just annoying. Just take it slow when grooming him and praise him with cookies.
    10-05-2009, 10:15 PM
Originally Posted by BeauReba    
Some horses are thin skinned or ticklish. Thoroughbreds in particular tend to be sensitive. Make sure you use light, gentle strokes. You might have to avoid using a curry come.
lol my roommate will be so happy to see this thread. Her OTTB hates to be groomed in the winter. He has very sensitive skin, so when that thick hair grows in, it doesn't feel good when it gets brushed. He'll tolerate it, but would rather she not do anything. He'll pin his ears and shift from side to side. So he basically doesn't get curried during the winter, she only uses a medium bristled brush and very gently. And even then, he's still not thrilled. Its not a behavioral thing or a past bad experience with brushing. It just doesn't feel good to him. I would assume that's what's happening here.
    10-05-2009, 10:40 PM
Also look at internal problems. Horses who don't like to be brushed, especially on their sides, can be suffering from ulcers. My TB mare was not a happy camper when I would groom her, I blamed it on thin skin, but she got worse. I put her on a supplement for ulcers and slowly she's improving - 99% sure she had ulcers (never had her scoped though).
    10-06-2009, 11:02 AM
I have a mare and gelding (TWH) that love to be brushed...could stand there all day and my walker will seek me out to put his butt in my face because that is the hint he wants a butt rub LOL...then I got my ADD child Cochise who dances the whole time he's being groomed..but knows Ill keep after him til its done so he doesnt walk away so much anymore. The only thing he loves to have brushed/scrubbed is his legs...he would stand there all day just for that. He getting to where he likes the butt brushed/ massaged..but then its like he remembers he's not supposed to like it and moves. Never thought of the ulcers thing...maybe will try some supplements for him to see if it stops...ordered some B1 supplement thru smartpac equine to see if that chills him any. Can't wait to try it. I also have a boarder horse, he's a TB and yes very sensitive to being brushed, it gets him all reved up/excited. I have to watch out for him when I groom because he will do this funny side kick with his hind legs(have had to show him he can only do it on the opposite side that im on)..weird..but then he's a different horse anyway. He's also reared up on his hinds at my other horses when being brushed, that's how excited he gets. But I do have to use the softer brushes for him because he seems to be thinner skinned and has a short/light coat. He's beautiful when done though, and what a mane/tail. I've been boarding him a few months and don't know if Ill ever get his personality. He has this rocking kick thing too when he eats, and eats out of a water trough (owners brought it)because he is such a messy eater (teeth have been done)...and he has to kick it with his front feet constantly why eating...almost like a pacifier...really thru mine for a loop when they had to hear that at first.
    10-06-2009, 01:38 PM
Sarge is quite thin skinned as well. You have to brush him very gently along the stomach area or he gives you the "stink eye" lol

Other than that though, he likes to be groomed firmly along the spine and does well with the mane and tail. But there are some spots (especially the underbelly) that he is very very sensitive to.
    10-07-2009, 01:42 AM
Get a curry comb like this:

And use a super soft brush. The only horses I've ever met who didn't like to be groomed just weren't being groomed right. Keep it super gentle, and I bet he'll enjoy it more. =]
    10-07-2009, 02:16 AM
My Dad's horse Pokey is incredibly touchy. He is not the petting/grooming/pampering type. His attitude is more like "Just knock off the big chunks, get the saddle on, and let's go to work!! I don't need all this lovey-dovey crap." Where Dobe absolutely loves to be groomed and will stand for it all day.

With yours, it could be some other issue or he may just not really like being touched.
    10-07-2009, 02:34 PM
Is hhe a TB? It's not uncommon for a TB (and others) to have thin, sensitive skin. My TB had to be trained not too kick and bite me when I brush him. He hates it though, he throws his head, pics his ears and lashes his tail the entire time. I just do the quickest, bare minimum grooming and be done.
    10-07-2009, 05:21 PM
My appy mare hates being groomed, lol. She tolerates it because I will just keep after her till she is fully groomed, but it don't matter if its a curry, a medium brush, or a soft brush..... she just plain don't like it. She is fine with anything and everything else but if she can get out of a grooming she would rather not. Only time she likes to be groomed is when we get back from a trail ride.

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