Whenever I am brushing Brickens tail or washing it he always holds it to the side kind of crooked. It looks like he's trying to avoid pain or something. I was just wondering what you guys thought about it and if I need to get the vet out to check it out. He can swish his tail around just fine to the the flies but when I touch his tailbone or his rump near his tail he starts holding it funny again. I'll try to get a pic next time I'm out at the barn but I was just wondering what you thought.
My mare does the same thing like if I grab her tailbone to brush the tail...i thik its the whole "omg ur touching my tail!!! Oh no!! " thing...it feels weird to them. Its like a nerve thing I do belive.
I'm glad to hear that Brickens isn't the only one. Do you think it hurts them or they're just doing it to scare you? I personally don't think it hurts him because he can swoosh at the flies just fine it probably just tickles him.
A mare I used to ride used to do it but she would do it because she wanted a rub. With some horses I think it's the same as the lip lift they do when you get a soft spot. Should rub her tail and see how she responds.
Possum is terrible for this. Every time I pick up a piece of hair when im braiding her tail she moves it away from my touch. So it goes left, right, left, right lol it does make it hard because the braid doesnt end up straight unless you compensate for it :) I wouldnt worry about it :)