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« Reply #15: May 10, 2007, 08:01:43 pm »

Actually it's no so much ticklish, as a tension release reflex. It begins as reaction to not being sure what to do or not wanting to do what is asked and can become a very hard to break habit. It is a shame because it really took away from the mare's talented performance.

Dressage is a very demanding sport and no one asked the horse if she wanted to do it, probably the reaction developed early in training. However, the mare must enjoy it what she does, you simply can not get such brilliance out of a miserable horse, no matter how gifted.

It is a personality thing, some horses chomp the bit, some jig, some even stick their tongue out the side of their mouths. It can mean the training was rushed in places and made the horse tense and unhappy and it developed into a habit, like fingernail biting in humans. In a dressage test, that tail wringing will cost them many points.

But I am happy to see the trainer did not resort to the detestable practice of having the muscles cut that go to the tail. Some disgusting people will do that to cover the habit and their training mistakes.

Juniperr posted before me, and I submit to her experience.
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