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Got an Itch

By davewaine    
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.

Tags: Pets and captive animals

Voters: SlowSong, mikbee, AlanWillis and 1 more

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SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
31 Aug 2011 10:17AM
What a lovely detailed shot. I'm really enjoying these.
I've not met a horse yet that doesn't like a good scratch, although between the eyes usually sends ours to sleep.

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mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
31 Aug 2011 2:26PM
Well thanks very much Dave !!
I don't think I could look at a barbed wire fence in the same light again.
Perhaps it is not the rust I see on it after all !!
Brilliant shot Dave. Hope all is well. Will try and catch up with everyone on EPZ in the coming weeks.
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