Rear end. Our pony, P-nut, will back right up to you if he sees a brush, then follow you around the barn backward.
Emily Grow, Ohio
Jaws. I started rubbing my Walking Horse there when she was losing her baby fuzz, and she’d follow me for it—even leaving her mother. Now, at 13, she still twists her head sideways to get that oh-so-lovely scratching.
Lori Anderson, Ohio
Neck. My mare turns into a giraffe and looks at me as if to say, “Ah, that’s the spot!”
Lauren Troutt, Tennessee
Base of ears. My mare goes nuts for it, especially when I use a small rubber curry comb.
Emily Frederickson, Washington
Butt cheeks. When our mare was with foal, that’s where she loved to be massaged. (Yes, we did that for her.)
Sharyl Gnadt, Minnesota
Anywhere. Shorty, a baby, will start to fall asleep with his head in my arms when I brush him, sometimes even grunting softly.
Hallie Gibson, Arkansas
Nose. Heather loves when I brush the dirt out of her nostrils.
Krystal Kinder, Nevada
Chest. My gelding Toby raises his head like a little puppy whenever I hit that special spot.
Brooke Edwards, Pennsylvania
Chest and front legs. When I’m grooming the front end of her, my Haflinger mare can reach her nose down and lick my back or shove at my helmet. Slobbering me up is her specialty.
Joanna Kingery, Wisconsin
Udder. My mare will stretch herself out, raise a back leg, and pucker her lip.
Stephanie Jeremiah, New Jersey
Behind the shoulder. My horse Sage will nibble my hair when I groom or scratch there—not the best habit, but I let her do it.
Leah Gihring, Missouri
Neck. My Haflinger lesson horse used to lean into it, lifting his nose in sheer bliss—especially during summer’s mud season.
Lexi Feldmann, Wisconsin
Face. Both my mares love a rub on the forehead with the soft rubber curry, followed by a grooming all over the face and muzzle with a soft face brush. It relaxes them so much they often fall right to sleep.
Dori Stachowicz, California
Under the mane. When I groom my Quarter Horse Pepper there with a stiff brush, she shakes her head up and down and leans into it.
Sarah D. Duncan, North Carolina