Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Brokenheartsville, just north of Styxtown :)
Just because he is old dosen't mean he can't learn anything. We have a horse that used to be deathly afraid of fly spray, who got over it, and still have another who hates it but is getting over it.. What I did, with the horse securely tied next to you, spray the fly spray into a brush, allowing the horse to observe you doing it. He will probably snort and act stupid, but act like he's not even there. You can let him smell the brush, then wipe his legs/body with it. Then, keeping the spray bottle in your hand, sneak in a few squirts on the brush while you brush him. He may freak out, but act like it is no big deal. Eventually, you will be able to work up to where you can spray him directly. Spray lightly starting on his legs. He may freak out, but just continue doing it, starting out lightly, and getting more and more aggresive squirts. He will [should] eventually realize that what you are doing to him is not torture, but really no big deal at all. This is what I always do and it seems to always work. You could also try letting him watch more experienced horses get sprayed, but I have never had much luck with that. Just be patient. Keep in mind that the squirting sound coincidently sounds very similar to a rattle snake's tail; a very natural sound that some horses respond to (or so I've heard ). Good luck, hope this helped:)
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