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    03-18-2011, 10:47 PM
Tender back while bathing?

So Duncan had his third bath ever today, and being only a year old (and having a lazy owner har har har ) he doesn't like to stand still.

That's not what I'm wondering about, though. With my horse, I can run my hand along her back while there's water on it so I can rinse her off. She's pretty good about just standing there and not moving. But with Duncan, he'll hunker his back down and act like me running my hand over his back, or rear end, hurts. I've seen other younger ponies (any a donkey) do this at my mom's house, but we never pursued why. Any one have any ideas as to why he'd act so tender when he's being washed? I've ran my hands all over his back when he's dry and nothing happens, even when pressure is applied.
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    03-18-2011, 10:49 PM
Green Broke
My mare does this too. She isn't in pain -- no tail swishing, ear pinning, or other signs. It probably just feels weird to them. I wouldn't worry.
    03-19-2011, 12:00 AM
Both my horses do that, the water goes on their back and over their hindquarters and they crouch down. I think it is the feeling of water over their backs when they are not used to it, especially if its cold water.

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