We all get itchy from time to time. Horses are covered with coarse hair and they don't bathe very often, so they tend to get itchier than the likes of you and me. What do you do when you get an itch? You scratch it of course. We have hands with convenient fingernails that are ideally suited to the task, but a horse's hooves are not very well adapted to such a delicate and precise activity, so they have to scratch themselves on something else. They think nothing of giving their ample bums a good raking on a barbed-wire fence, leaving themselves unmarked and the fence sagging. Given the close relationship between their species and ours, we often have to double as a scratching post - and a horse weighs half a ton and doesn't know its own strength, of course.
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