Grooming: Deep Down Clean

Have you ever watched two horses in a pasture or paddock, contentedly scratching each others’ withers or rumps with their teeth? They do this because it feels good. If scratching each other with their teeth makes them feel good, it stands to reason that massaging their skin with a brush will also make them feel good.

Even without a companion, horses will seek to groom themselves. Turn a sweaty saddle horse out into a pen after hard use and what is the first thing that horse will do? He will lie down and roll in the sand, rubbing away accumulated sweat and scratching itchy spots. When the horse has finished rolling, it will get to its feet and send dust and dirt flying as its shakes itself vigorously. Both actions are a form

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