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  1. #1
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    Default Where's your horse's itchies spots?

    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?
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    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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    My guy likes right behind his ears scratched, right in front of his ears, along the top of his neck (under his mane) and on the bottom of his neck and into his chest.



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    Petey: his withers and down behind his shoulders. Under his belly and inside the back legs.

    Sonny: chest, shoulders, and up under his neck.
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    Nose, between her eyes and her nostrils.



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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.



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    Inside his ears and just behind his girth
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    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.
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    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.



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    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.
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    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.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4DlWuP9mu8

    My other mare LOVED her butt scratched. If you got behind her, she would back up into you to make you scratch her butt.



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    withers, right behind the ears, other places depending on the day.

    However, when I clean off her udder she stretches her head down, sticks her lip out, rolls her eyes back into her head...I guess when you can't scratch it, it feels good to have it cleaned.



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    My girl likes her ears scratched, neck under the mane, base of neck.

    She LOVES her butt scratched.

    And she will do anything for a tummy scratch - between her front legs and all the way back to her chi-chis. She adores that. Just don't touch the chi-chis.
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    Top of the withers, on the croup, and anywhere on the face.



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    Her belly button.

    No kidding.

    She adores having her navel scratched.
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    udders and belly. She will just about turn herself inside out for a gentle rub / scratch and even cleaning with a warm rag. She parks out and her lips go all wobbly. It's a hoot.
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    I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09




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    My horse loves it when I take baby wipes and clean out her ears.



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    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.



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    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
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