‘Ah, That’s the Spot!’

You tell us which part of grooming your horse most enjoys.

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

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