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post #1 of 12 Old 07-29-2008, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Answer to horses that don't like fly spray

I just read a post by someone who said "most horses don't like fly spray and there is nothing you can do about it". That is soooo not true.

Yes, you can fix thi and its easy. Fill a spray bottle with water (so you don't waste your expensive fly spray. Put your horse in a rope halter (not nylon) and lead (don't tie him). Begin squirting him on his front legs (from the side). If he moves, fusses, backs up, keep squirting and move with him. The very second he stops moving, you stop squirting. Do this all over, when he relaxes, you immediate stop squirting. Eventually, he'll stop moving when you fly spray him.
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-30-2008, 12:55 PM
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Yep that method works. Helped me with my mare who was petrified of being sprayed. She would leap about and almost rear to get away. I just kept with her. The other thing I found that worked was to hold the bottle closer to her so it wasn't so much of a shhh noise when I sprayed it. She was more scared of the noise then anything else. Now when I grab the fly spray she just turns her head and looks at me sees the bottle and goes back to what she was doing. I don't have to halter her or tie her to do it. I can just walk up and spray and she's ok with it. It's worth the patience to work with them.
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post #3 of 12 Old 07-30-2008, 01:07 PM
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Another tip is to use a brush and the sprayer. When you spray immediatly use the brush. Got my mare used to having her back legs sprayed (the only place she hated sprays) Just spray, brush, spray, brush. Kind of a wax on wax off, They won't know what hit them


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post #4 of 12 Old 07-30-2008, 01:14 PM
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You can also wipe it on with a rag--it works better that way, anyway.
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post #5 of 12 Old 07-30-2008, 02:16 PM
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I just spray them everyday. Eventually they all figure out it's not a monster. They may never like it but you know what? Kids don't always like baths... they get them. No choice there... spray 'em I say!
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post #6 of 12 Old 07-30-2008, 02:41 PM
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Blu has this thing about getting sprayed in the face. I'll be spraying him and he turns his head and I get him in the face on accident. But he just raises his lip and waits for more.

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post #7 of 12 Old 07-30-2008, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, wiping it on does work, but you don't want to avoid spraying them just becasue they don't like it. You are avoiding a great training opportunity by wiping it on. Despook your horse every chance you get! It makes them so much nicer to be around... and they really learn to trust you - and trust that you (and your fly spray) will not hurt them.
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post #8 of 12 Old 07-30-2008, 05:31 PM
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Good point! I spray then wipe, actually.
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post #9 of 12 Old 07-30-2008, 07:33 PM
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My problem with fly spray is that 2 of my horses hate the smell and that makes it hard as I have to catch them first then grab the spray bottle....If I spray the other ones before them, they are a handful to catch... Have to brib them with food. If I catch them first before they smell the spray I don't have nearly as much trouble... weird huh!!
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-01-2008, 12:40 PM
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What the OP stated is what I'm working on with Arizona and it seems to be working beautifully. He does the side movement and if I follow him while spraying, he eventually stops and stands so that I can spray again. Good advice, OP!
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