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post #21 of 22 Old 10-09-2009, 05:23 PM
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My cousin's horse hated it when she groomed him. She wasn't rough or anything, but he would pin his ears back and snap at her. I didn't have any problems with him. Eventually we figured (we think) what was wrong: The only time she ever touched that horse was when she was going to ride him. I fed him and brushed him every day. (He was staying with us.) She would show up whenever, give him a good brushing, saddle up and take off. If he was in the pasture when she drove up, there was no way she could catch him. No one could catch him when she was around. I didn't have any trouble catching him - didn't even try to catch him - he would just walk right up, even if I had a halter in my hand. The thing is - he associated her (my cousin) with having to be ridden. Everything she did led up to being ridden. On the other hand, although I also rode him, I didn't just mess with him before riding him. He didn't know if I was catching him to ride him, or just to feed him, or groom him - or just to pet him.

Is the only time (or even the majority of the time) you brush your horse just before you ride him?

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post #22 of 22 Old 10-09-2009, 05:56 PM
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My TB is like some others have mentioned - real fidgety when being groomed, he doesn't really like it at all. I've just assumed that it is b/c he is TB and he's thin-skinned, and for the most part ignored it and just tried to be as gentle as possible.
Then a couple of weeks ago, I had an equine masseur come out and have a look at him and she said he was actually very muscle sore, and has been for quite some time, probably due to his race training. I felt awful, but I'd had no idea. My horse had given absolutely no indication under saddle that there was anything wrong, aside from an ongoing issue with not being able to pick up his left-lead canter.
I asked the masseur if she saw many horses that were like this where their owners had no idea and she told me she saw HEAPS.
So my recommendation would be to have a masseur out to have a look at him, they're not terribly expensive ($65 AU for an hour massage) and you will likely some answers to questions about your horse's behavior. I found out why my horse wouldn't canter on his left lead - contraction of the muscles on the right side of his rump and a big tear(old) through one of the major muscles. After his massage he will now pick up the correct lead, most of the time, which is a huge thing for us.

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