The weirdest thing happened. The other day I picked up a new curry comb - the gummy-textured (silicon?) ones that you put your hand inside. I had one already, but wanted a spare so I don't have to share.
Anyway, off to the barn, stuck horsey in the cross ties, set to work getting layers of mud off. To my astonishment, she began to lean into my hand, gradually dropped her head, slouched one hip over so far it was funny, and began to yawn big yawns. This is a horse that doesn't *hate* grooming, but never really seemed to enjoy it either. And she's rarely that relaxed.
Later I was talking to my husband about it (he was using the old curry comb), and we compared them - the old one, even though it is the same brand and style, is much stiffer and harder than the new one.
I think I've found just the perfect brush for this sensitive-skinned mare, then! She just wants to be brushed with something soft and delightful!
I'm so happy to have (accidentally) found something she likes that much!
They loooooooove those jelly curries. Mine are quite fond of the grooma soft touch ones with the soft, wiggly fingers, too. All of my horses will contort themselves in the craziest positions to make sure I hit the right spot. I know I've gotten the itchy spot because they scrunch their lips up and make such funny faces!
We have a gelding that our barn that would do back flips for you to curry him with one of those. Anytime you have him in cross ties, he just can't take it when you curry him. He stands on three legs with his eyes closed, neck out and making all sorts of goofy faces. And when you stop...uh oh. He gets very upset and normally keeps swinging his butt into you until you start up again. Very naughty boy.
And yes, my horses react the same as yours did. So much so that I feel I should offer them a cigarette when I'm done. I tossed my other curry combs away.
This is what I was thinking and was going to say such, but I just couldn't think of a way to say it that wasn't dirty and just plain weird. Your way of putting it is a lot better than what I could have said.
I have one that's made out of mohair or rabbit or some such super soft fiber. Can't remember the brand name but I'll try and remember to glance at it next time I'm in the barn (which was supposed to be 2 hours ago)
I need to start buying cartons of cigarettes - I have 3 horses and I groom them a lot