Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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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