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post #1 of 6 Old 12-22-2012, 04:59 AM Thread Starter
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what is my horse trying to say...?

When I scratch the horse that I loan on the whithers, she stretches her head out and moves her lips around abit like she's fleming (is that how you spell it...?). She does this what I scratch her with a flick brush on her flank. I always thought it was because she liked it but now I'm not sure...? Does she like being scratched?
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-22-2012, 05:44 AM
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All mine do it when I scratch their itchy spots.
It's cause they like it
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-22-2012, 05:46 AM Thread Starter
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Oh good:)
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-22-2012, 05:54 AM
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I have never heard of the term 'fleming' but I've always assumed they do it because you are scratching a spot that would be involved when horses groom each other - its like they are grooming in return even though there isnt another horse there! Some horses will 'groom' you in return for a scratch on the neck but I've never allowed that as being nibbled by big teeth doesnt appeal to me and could encourage bad behaviour
But yeah, I just take it as a sign that I've hit a sweet spot!
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-22-2012, 05:54 AM
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My old horse (about 22 years old) does that. For some reason sand flies really get into him bad, more than any other horses, I guess they figure he tastes better. Anyway they get up between his back legs and he thinks up the most weird way to scratch up there, he has even snapped off small trees, backs over them and has a good scratch. When I can I get in behind him and squat down and reach up between his back legs and give him a good scratch. When I do this he stretches out, the way he would if he was taking a leak, sticks his head out and loves every bit of it. Occasionally when he has looked back at me doing it I have noticed his eyes just about role back in his head and he gets this blissed out look on his face. It would be funny if it wasn’t for the flies causing him bother in the first place, we spray him but it hardly makes a dent in the flies.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-22-2012, 08:11 AM Thread Starter
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Aww bless
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