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  • My sister doesnt brush her horse
  • Horse hates being groomed

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    03-10-2014, 12:25 PM
  #11
Green Broke
My horse HATES being groomed in the winter, especially winter into spring when he first starts molting. He gets itchy and it is all very traumatic! However, yesterday was lovely as it was a warm day (well warm in this current climate at least!) and he had been bitten by flies/ midges and really loved me curry combing him. It just depends what mood he is in XD

Places he hates most are in-between his front legs and face! Then he gets really ticklish when I do the inside of his back legs but he likes that if you're gentle.

Another problem is, I don't particularly like grooming him in winter/ when he's muddy as I am allergic to dust so it is just something we have to suffer with together!
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    03-10-2014, 03:42 PM
  #12
Foal
We might work on this thing with all the other things we will be working on (Like the fact that giant felled trees aren't going to eat her - neither are big rocks -.-). I don't mind it as much but when someone is standing in front of her I do have to warn them to watch out. Not that she would bite someone, she hasn't yet in all the time I have had her, but still. My sister plays with her mouth all the time even while she is being groomed and she stops her antics to play 'catch my tongue' lol
     
    03-19-2014, 05:41 PM
  #13
Green Broke
My mare absolutely hates being groomed. In general she hates everything to do with people unless we're running patterns or doing actual work.

I figure she just doesn't like to be bothered, she's the same way about being saddled until we get to the bridle/bit portion.

I tolerate the tail swishing, pinned ears, and grinding her teeth, but past that she gets a smack for picking a foot up (she's a reformed kicker, labelled dangerous and unpredictable) and any nips get her chased backwards all the way out of the barn in .3seconds.

Her "lower back" does get sore occasionally (if she was being stupid the ride before or such) in which I give her courtesy to use a softer brush with lighter strokes, but her bad attitude is all over. Neck, shoulders, back, barrel, butt, legs, etc. I doubt it has anything to do with pain that she hates being brushed. She tolerates it and openly complains very rarely, but I blame it on the fact that she wants nothing to do with humans until breakfast/dinner. Kinda wish she were a little more personable, but she's a good horse with a great work ethic, so I can put up with her maretude to a point. She's a mirror image of me, so I understand where she's coming from with everything she does and doesn't like, haha.
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    03-19-2014, 06:53 PM
  #14
Green Broke
My old Tb only likes his neck and chest groomed. The rest of his body is usually a fight, he nips/bites, threatens to kick. After a while I just leave his old fanny alone. I hate summer with him because of the flies and he needs to swat or something on his sheath and entire under belly now... the things we put up with ;)
     
    03-20-2014, 11:18 AM
  #15
Started
One of the big OTTB re-homing organizations in Texas reminds their adoptees that racehorses are often brushed/rub-ragged fairly harshly for shine/muscle tone/to stimulate blood flow, so these horses may not realize grooming can actually be a pleasant experience. They may continue to tense up in anticipation, even though it's going to be gentler grooming today.
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    03-21-2014, 05:53 AM
  #16
Yearling
My horse disliked grooming. First it was manners, he was not yet trained to stand and be patient. Also, he was a bit skinny, so he disliked the curry over his ribs, but I mainly just brushed him with the big brush to get him used to being touched all over. We are still working on getting his lower legs curried, but he stands and enjoys it now mostly, as it gives a good scratch.
Takes time. But now I can also rub his ribs, as they are covered with some insulation layers and he doesnt feel the curry hit his ribs anymore :P
     
    03-21-2014, 10:15 AM
  #17
Weanling
My previous horse, an OTTB, didn't enjoy being groomed either. He just tolerated it. I have to admit though, I am a very aggressive groomer. I'm all about the elbow grease and doing a very thorough job. My current horse enjoys being groomed until I get too aggressive and start brushing too hard. I get carried away sometimes because his main hobby is getting a filthy as possible on a daily basis. He lets me know when I'm brushing too hard and I become more gentle.
     
    03-21-2014, 11:23 AM
  #18
Trained
No, I have never had a horse that didn't care to be groomed. I only have 2 horses now, and if I could magically make one not like it whilst I groomed the other, I would. Then I wouldn't have to separate them - since there is no need for a lead to groom or bathe either - but I use one to limit rolling whilst I fiddle with products. Like others, I would wonder about an underlying reason for a horse that didn't enjoy at least the grooming part.
     
    03-21-2014, 01:02 PM
  #19
Showing
I don't think it's a case of liking it or not but degree of tolerance. Many horses do enjoy it if the right tools are used. My arabs skin was very sensitive so the currying had to be light and a soft bristled brush. My qh/tb enjoyed a good scrubbing with the curry and a medium brush. Same with the qh and twh. I don't tie them and often groom at liberty and they stand well, better than if tied.
     
    03-21-2014, 01:30 PM
  #20
Yearling
My gelding dislikes grooming unless it involves a jelly scrubber and a soft brush. When those two come out drops immediately and goes to sleep. He didn't like anything near his barrel when he had ulcers when I first got him, but I made sure he knew he had to tolerate it.
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