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post #1 of 3 Old 04-28-2009, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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De-sensitizing my ottb

So Hero is so good with standing and grooming in his stall. He is awesome when tacking up and putting the bridle on.

When I knew I was buying a ottb I thought I would be six steps back from being able to tack him that easily.

He even stood in the cross ties very well his first time...but as soon as I went to put something "smelly" on him he freaked out and broke the halter.

Bathstalls: He got in the stall but freaked out as soon as the water hit him! Like Hero come on you cant tell me they never gave you a wash down after a race! Again I was alone I think if I have someone hold him in the stall as I spray it be easier.

Flyspray: HATES IT! Moves away from the spray. I have to rub it in my hands and rub it in on him.

What are some things I can do to help him get use to to help just these problems?
Specially the bathing and spray. He seemed okay when my bf holds him and I sponge him down but the spray he kept lunging around him while I was trying to spray it on.
So I poured some in the bucket and sponged it on him.

Just needs some tips thanks!!
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-28-2009, 05:33 PM
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How recently did you get him? Sometimes it's just a matter of them trusting you and freaking out to things is just their way of saying they just aren't comfortable yet. As far as fly spray, if he has any scratches or scrapes, it might just be stinging him. Sounds like you're already taking the right steps to back things up a bit. He probably just needs some more time to settle in. Maybe you could put him in the wash stall and just use the water near him instead of on him a few times to let him work up to it. That is funny that he doesn't like it. They all get daily baths at the track. Maybe his groom was little rough?
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post #3 of 3 Old 04-28-2009, 06:02 PM
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Just use approach and retreat to get him used to both the water and the fly spray (but put water in the spray bottle to get him used to it so you don't use up all the fly spray!). You have to gain his confidence b/c right now he is very unconfident.
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