Mutual Grooming

Mutual grooming is when two horses stand next to each other, pointing in opposite directions, and use their teeth to scratch, rub, or bite the other horse along the neck and withers. The mystery behind this is one of the reasons I went to vet school, but the answer was never found. I believe they do this because it feels good and nothing more.

A video of mutual grooming.

Two horses groom over a fence. Listen to the biting sounds.

Scratching the withers with a plastic pitchfork.

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