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    07-31-2011, 06:36 PM
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Foal
fly spray issues....

Hi. My Tennessee Walking horse absolutely hates fly spray! I tried spraying it on him when I first rode him, and that did not end well. Then I tried spraying it on a close a few yards away from him, but then when I tried to rub it on him, I guess he didn't like the cloth or the smell? And he freaked out again. How in the world can I put fly spray on him??
     
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    07-31-2011, 07:28 PM
  #2
Foal
It sounds like he is just not use to it. I would put him in a halter and short lead. Fill a spray bottle up with water, so you don't waste all your fly spray, and start with the front legs. When you spray the legs he may start to move. Keep spraying but hold him so that he can only walk small circles around you. The point right now is not to get him to stand perfectly still while you spray, just to get use to being sprayed. Keep spraying until he stops moving. The minute he stops, you stop. Then start again. Do this until he accepts his front legs being sprayed and is relaxed. Then pick another part of the body and start all over again.
     
    07-31-2011, 07:37 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by alee    
It sounds like he is just not use to it. I would put him in a halter and short lead. Fill a spray bottle up with water, so you don't waste all your fly spray, and start with the front legs. When you spray the legs he may start to move. Keep spraying but hold him so that he can only walk small circles around you. The point right now is not to get him to stand perfectly still while you spray, just to get use to being sprayed. Keep spraying until he stops moving. The minute he stops, you stop. Then start again. Do this until he accepts his front legs being sprayed and is relaxed. Then pick another part of the body and start all over again.
almost EXACTLY what I was going to say:), there is no magical way to keep the flys off him.... and the flies will distract him from his workout or ride...
     
    07-31-2011, 08:22 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Alee said it well! Keep his head angled towards you when you have him walking in circles. It makes it harder for him to avoid you, and if he kicks out (sometimes they do when you get more towards the back end) he won't cow kick you.
     
    07-31-2011, 08:38 PM
  #5
Foal
We had a horse that absolutely hated being sprayed with fly spray. So what we did we had an empty spray bottle and would stand there and let him sniff it and get used to seeing it. When he would get bored we would start to rub the bottle all over his body. When he is all cool with it all over his body fill it with water and go through the system again. When done with that then start to spray around him. Spray a horse that you are 100% positive is cool with it and let him see that. Then spray around his hooves. Always start with the legs. If he walks away from you just follow him don't stop and pet him and tell him its okay because then you are rewarding him for doing what you don't want him to do. So keep following him around spraying talk to him in a low calm voice. Eventually he should be fine then move onto the chest area. And keep it slow get him used to one area before moving onto the next
     

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