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    10-03-2012, 11:26 PM

The past few times I've groomed my horse I've noticed that whenever I brush over the top of his hindquarters area, he sinks away from the pressure. I've took my hands and pressed along there, but he doesn't do anything then. Is he sore? Am I brushing him too hard?
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    10-04-2012, 01:30 AM
Maybe there is a fungus or a bug bite there? What kind of brush are you using?
    10-04-2012, 07:19 AM
A medium body brush, not really soft but not hard.
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    10-04-2012, 01:07 PM
Green Broke
Does your saddle fit properly?
    10-04-2012, 03:54 PM
But it doesn't hurt when you press there or run your hand over it?
    10-04-2012, 08:06 PM
No, he doesn't do anything when I use my hand. I've pressed really hard and nothing.
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    10-04-2012, 08:12 PM
Huh... Can you maybe take a video?
    10-04-2012, 08:33 PM
Not now but I'll try
    10-04-2012, 08:37 PM
I think I know what you mean.. Indie was doing something that sounds pretty similar just a couple days ago. Every time I brushed her off with the dandy brush, mind you with a bit of pressure, she'd basically hollow out her back and as you mentioned, appeared to sink away from the pressure. She hasn't done it the last few times, but she is pretty skinny (although she's on 24/7 turnout with good quality feed at breakfast and supper time) so that's likely the cause.

Is he of good weight? Or a bit skinny?
    10-04-2012, 09:22 PM
He's a good weight, not skinny or fat. But he's more on the lean side.
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