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        06-16-2013, 04:43 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Do you put a ton of fly spray there? You could curry that off I don't think they shed skin like snakes when they grow, but some do have very sensitive skin, could be your fly spray is too strong.
         
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        06-16-2013, 05:34 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Try this it is a little time consuming but will help with a lot of his issues. You can do it with the hose or whatever is spooking him first don't tie him up hold him on a longish lead rope and start slowly spraying his feet he will most likely jump around just keep spraying until he stops and accepts it or stands still for a second or two. As soon as that happens take the water away and just let him relax and stand there give him praise. Then start working your way up. It will work he will learn that it is better to just stand and get it over with. You can do the same with the brush(or anthing that worries him) but I suggest to start with the topline for that.
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        06-16-2013, 05:49 PM
      #13
    Foal
    As for the skin condition if it doesn't clear up soon. I would take histeps advice and see if it doesn't clear up. Use t-cleanse anti-microbial shampoo or something similar. If that doesn't help consult a vet. It is not normal at least I have never seen a foal just "shed" his skin.
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        06-16-2013, 06:03 PM
      #14
    Foal
    As for the skin condition if it doesn't clear up soon. I would take histeps advice and see if it doesn't clear up. Use t-cleanse anti-microbial shampoo or something similar. If that doesn't help consult a vet. It is not normal at least I have never seen a foal just "shed" his skin.
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        06-16-2013, 08:23 PM
      #15
    Started
    I don't think that is skin....it looks more like some type of residue build up from something.
         
        06-16-2013, 08:38 PM
      #16
    Showing
    He's young and to his thinking that thing in your hand could be a small predator. Next time, show it to him momentarily then put it behind your back. Do this a dozen times extending how long he's able to touch it. Then wipe his forehead, cheeks, then his neck and back to allow him to touch it again. A lot of people make the mistake of going for the shoulder and his rearward eyesight is even poorer than his forward eyesight. He's not seeing it as you do. Put a little water in the sponge and wipe his face and the other parts you did with a dry sponge. When it comes to spray, first show him the bottle. Start with a bottle filled with water and spray it beside you. If he stands still, offer a small treat. Gradually bring the spray closer, aiming downward and as long as his feet stay glued to the ground offer a treat (great incentive). When the spray first touches him aim mainly for the ground in front of his hoof so just a little spray touches him and again offer a treat if he stands still. Now he's figuring out the treats come for standing still. Gradually work up to his knees, no higher, then to the shoulder and along his back and sides. Go back and offer a treat for standing still. You could likely finish him completely at this point. Leave the neck and chest for now as he'll be concerned about his ears. After you've repeated the spraying and rewarding for three or four days he should be ok about the neck and chest. I have one that I did this while he was at liberty and could walk off. When he did so he realized no treat. It was comical watching him sort this out. I waited and he came back and got his treat and I was able to spray him all over. As long as he's allowed to touch the bottle first he's giving me the ok, even when loose in the pasture. He was long ago weaned off the treats altho he may still get one for standing still when I'm done spraying but only sometimes.
         
        06-16-2013, 08:45 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Do what trailwalker said. I did the same exact thing with my yearling. He hated water coming from the hose the moment it touched any part of him. It took less than an hour for me to get him to like it. It's okay for him to wiggle around side to side at first but don't let him come forward towards you. Just remember to reward him once he stands without resistance:)
         
        06-16-2013, 08:55 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I swear by the approach and retreat method for everything it has worked for me with every horse I have worked with from bathing to saddle jumpy youngsters and even fidgety mounting. As soon as the horse realizes that if he /she stands still it is over faster. It is in the release of pressure where the reward is and most importantly where the learning happens! Try it I promise it works.
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        06-18-2013, 08:45 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Just wondering if you have made any progress with his skin condition? It looked pretty uncomfortable to say the least.
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        06-21-2013, 01:59 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    Wow... that's odd. I'm subbing.

    It could be a lot of the reason why he doesn't like the water!
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