OK I don't own horsie-ride him on Saturdays. He is the most itchiest-lover of scratchy spots-especially along his neck and behind his withers. He will almost turn himself inside out to be scratched in those places. Maybe I should be a massage therapist for him?
My guy loves his withers itched. He goes crazy. He also loves his back itched in general. And his neck. And his butt. Actually the only place he doesn't love itched is his tummy. But the withers are his favorite
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I'd like to know why horses are so much itchier than dogs, or at least why they seem to enjoy a scratch so much more than my dog.
Gelding: around and inside the ears, inside the nostrils, poll, neck, butt
Mare: everywhere on her head, particularly around the ears and down the cheeks, also under her chin.
My mare and I have a routine. Everytime I take the halter off to put the bridle on or vice versa, she puts her head down so that her throatlatch is resting on my shoulder and I scratch all over her head, poll and ears with my fingernails.
My gelding loves it when I take a hard wire human hairbrush and scratch him on his butt and neck. His eyes roll back in their sockets.
My dog loves being scratched far more than my horse does, Vesper. My dog comes right up to me and pushes her body into my leg and looks at me expectantly. My horse isn't nearly as 'vocal', hah.
In fact, the only time he seems to really enjoy scratching is one spot under his belly during the summer time when the gnats have made him itchy. Every now and again he likes around/inside his ears...but it's the belly thing that gets the most response.
Both of my horses like their... um... boobies scratched. They get gnat bites on their belly buttons and the soft skin on the inside of their thighs. One of them all I have to do is point to her gaskin on one side and she will actually lift her leg like a dog to be scratched.
Fi loves it when you scratch her girth area, and she loves a good, soft face rub. Hannah likes everything. We think that's why she always rolls in the mud-she knows she's going to have to get an extra long grooming session before we can ride if she's caked in mud!!
I like mares. They remind me of myself: stubborn know it alls who only acknowledge you if you have food.
Hannah B. Nana: 50% horse, 50% hippo
Fiona: can't decide between jumpers or napping
Behind the withers. Oooh. My mare loves it so much, she will get to any nearby horse or person and give them itches right back. It's actually a very good massage. Here are her and her daughter at a show itching each other. This went on for about 20 minutes.
Ears... all over and around. He loves having his face rubbed too--after I take off the bridle, I hold up the cactus cloth and he rubs his face all over it. When he's done, he usually bites the cloth and shakes it like a terrier before flinging it to the ground, and then he's ready for the halter.
His neck just above the point of his shoulders and his throat.
In our grooming routine, after I brush the right side of his neck, he raises and twists his head so I will not forget to do between his jaw bones and onto his throat. If I were to forget I'm sure he would be very dissappointed