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Rider Insider: Your Horse’s Favorite Thing

What one little thing makes your horse’s heart happy?

By Horse Illustrated staff - @HI_mag | June 30, 2014

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Dew drops on roses and whiskers on kittens are nice, but your horse probably doesn’t give them much thought. He undoubtedly has his own ideas about what the finer things in life truly are.

Does he eagerly anticipate the moment he is brought out to the pasture after breakfast in the morning? Does he live for the moment his best equine buddy returns to the field after being out on a ride? Is he obsessed with those fancy pink salt blocks? Would he trade his carrots for a few minutes of scratching behind his withers?

Of course every horse wants the basics: food, water and companionship. But we want to know about those quirky loves that make your horse unique. Tell us about them in the comments below. Some of the best responses could be included in an upcoming issue of Horse Illustrated!

This month, Noble Outfitters is sponsoring the Rider Insider column in Horse Illustrated with a prize for the selected featured response. If you'd like to be considered for a prize, make sure to include your contact info in the email field of the comment form (emails will not be publicly displayed.)

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Tod    International

7/24/2015 1:06:20 PM

My horse enjoys a Curry brush applied to his chest and he shows how much he loves that by curling his head down and under and his lips quiver. He also loves a scratch right above the withers and lifts his head up and twists dose a lip smacking facial expression. Lightly scratch his legs and he will nicker and kiss your hand to say more please.

Rachel    Walnut Creek, CA

8/27/2014 5:23:51 PM

My Oldenburg/Morgan gelding Champ LOVES being touched more than anything in the world. If your hands are not on him, he will stretch to put his body the closest to the nearest human as he can (be it his nose, shoulder or tail). He looks around with a desperate look until you put your hands back on him. He goes into a trance and relaxes when touched. His favorite places are his haunches, shoulder, withers, neck, girth area, belly, sheath and face (yes...basically everywhere).

Amanda    Philadelphia, PA

8/24/2014 9:21:02 AM

My lesson horse loves getting baths! When I turn on the hose he will pick it up and wave it all around, which leaves me soaked. Then, when when I start putting shampoo on him, he will stand as still as a rock. But, the cutest thing is the look of pleasure on his face. He will let his eyes droop and stick his nose up in the air. It is definately his favorite thing to do!

Madison    Colorado, CO

8/10/2014 2:33:33 PM

My horse loves getting kisses. When you put him back in his stall you always have to do the following: give him a treat, scratch his chest, the as you're walking away, you have to give him a kiss. What he does is push him muzzle just barely through the bars on his stall door and before you walk away u have to give him a kiss on his little pink nose or else he will be very offended.

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