I had the same problem with the spray bottle with Rodeo, same with the hose. I just kept doing it everyday. Finally, I got to the point, where I went and got him without a halter/lead rope, got him into the barn, had him stand in the middle aisle, went to the tack room, grabbed my fly spray, walked back out, and sprayed him, and he stood there perfectly.!!!!
Were getting better on the hose too!!! He'll actually stand for the most part!! We're most likely going to have to work on everything again though, luckily he's getting delivered tomorrow!!!
Aires pretty much loves the hose now. He'll even drink out of it while I'm rinsing him down after working.
He is such a great color, and looks kind and willing, too.
Have you tried using water in a spray bottle for desensitizing? Don't have to worry about using up too much that way just spray away, and spray away from him instead of towards him at first.
I haven't fly sprayed him in a while. I usually just wipe his face down with fly spray I've sprayed into my hand 'cuz the flies don't really bother him that much. He's fine with me fly spraying his left side...it's his right side he doesn't like having done. I don't let him win, though. I just follow him around as he swings away from me and keep on spraying him until I'm done.
And thanks, anndankey, for the compliment on Aires.
He is definitely an eye-catcher (a guy came to the barn yesterday to look at a horse our BO has for sale and as we walked by Aires' stall, the guy goes "Wow! That is one good-looking horse! I'd buy him in a heartbeat." I said "Yeah, he's not for sale." The guy goes "How do you know?" I was like "Ummmmmmmm...cuz he's mine!" lol The whole time we were showing him the QH gelding for sale, he kept looking covetously back up at Aires.
). And kind and willing are an understatement when it comes to this boy! I think if I asked him to jump the Grand Canyon, he'd try! Our trainer was teasing me the other day that Aires and I are going to be like Denny and Jim Craig from Man From Snowy River (when they go down the mountainside). She said "You already have the saddle! Now all you need is the hat and the whip!"