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post #1 of 9 Old 08-16-2012, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Fly Spray Help

I have a yearling im having a hard time excepting fly spray, it seems to be the mist touching her that bothers her because i can spray the ground aay from her and it dont bother her, but as soon as she sees it shes goes crazy, i rescue horses and usually train them myself, and have never had a problem with other horses, though she did come to me pretty roughed up, was scared to death of people and would strike and kick when you would touch her legs, she still doesnt like her mouth touched from where someone hit her, but im slowly getting her to except it, i believe in taking it slow and waiting for the horses before moving to something new. she was abused and had her hooves tied up for trimming.
So far she does the following;
Picked up all 4 feet
will let me walk up to her in the pasture and put a halter on her
she leads
i've desensitzed her to grocery bags, and ropes.
always you to handle her ears and you can touch her everywhere.
She stands quietly for you to pick up her hooves and grooming.
But im stumped on the fly spray, i've tried every way i can think of, so i didnt know if someone on here would have a different way to help her get over her fear, she likes to be sprayed with the hose, i've tried walking away from her and spraying, it dont bother her as bad but as soon as the mist touched her body she rears and takes off.

Help would be appreciated.

Also if anyone knows any information about her, her reg. name is CP Cash It Electra.

The Breeder was Crooked Post Ranch Moline Kansas

Zan Its Yellow Doc
Sire:Zan It Damocs Senorita Cutter

S:Hollywood Dun It S: Smokin Casa Te
D:Sparkle La Zanna D: Senorita Cutter

CP Noels Pretty Dash
Sire: Little Noel Star Dam: Pretty Sterling

S: Noel Cohol S:Whisle Britches
D: Star Cinational D:Spotted Lady Cat

Information on any of her parents and grand parents would be nice to if you know anything about them.
I know she came form kansas march 4th and was in bainbridge oh march 30.


When i first got her she looked like this, with lice and shipping fever.

Now she looks like this, she doesnt have any facial markings.

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-17-2012, 02:12 AM
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Take an empty spray bottle and fill it with water. Spray away from her and try to get as close to her as you can until she moves away. Keep that same distance and keep spraying until she stops moving(that's why you use water). When she stops, you stop spraying. Let her think about it for a few seconds and repeat. This time try to get a little closer and repeat. If you stop spraying while she's moving away, you are actually rewarding her and teaching her to move away. Don't get frustrated and remain calm. You know it's not going to hurt her. She just needs to figure that out.
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-17-2012, 05:42 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks i'm going to try it today, thank you so much.
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-17-2012, 06:42 PM
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Also, in addition to UandP's excellent advice, I will add.

If you are a talker, either baby talk or a soother? Quit it. Keep voice low and matter of fact and don't chit chat. Only tell her Stop, Quit or the like, but don't chatter aimlessly, and don't "it's allllll riiiigggghhhhtttt, don't be scccaarrreedd" as that actually makes a horse worse.

Even a sensible, well trained horse, will turn into the village idiot when handled by someone that does the above.

Don't quit when she moves, correct her and tell her to be still, and then keep spraying.

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post #5 of 9 Old 08-17-2012, 06:45 PM
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Spray her once then immdiantly give her a reward. Do this until she relaxes. Next time spray completely on one side then give a treat. Do the same on the others side until she gets used to this
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-18-2012, 12:11 PM
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I agree with everyone so far- use water, don't stop, keep talking to a minimum. You may also try picking a spot on her shoulder, keep the sprayer close to her body and spray her steadily. Let her circle you and KEEP spraying. When she stops, you stop. Repeat. Stay focused on that same area you picked. As she gets better, move the sprayer further out from her body, and around to different areas.
It's hard for them to lern when one time you spray at her legs, then another at her ribcage, and anohte rat her back.
Allowing her to move lets her address her fear but keeps you in control.
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-18-2012, 01:08 PM
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Great advice on spraying her with water but I will add one more thing:

What fly spray are you using? It is possible it burns her.

My 26 yr old Arab has always been fly spray sensitive. While there are many natural fly sprays I could spray him with that don't sting him, none of them work longer than minute once he leaves the barn.

The only chemical spray I have found that he can tolerate and half way works is "Zonk It!"

That may not be the case with your yearling but though I'd mention it, especially since she did have lice:( and her skin might be sensitive from that and lice treatments.
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-18-2012, 01:37 PM
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I also agree with the advises given above. But I would like to add: first let her sniff the spray bottle and give her a treat. If that is too much to ask, start rewarding just looking at the bottle. Take babysteps and repeat often.

My horse was also very conspicious about sprays. I used clicker training to learn her not to be afraid. Since she is half a pony, she will do anything for treats.

My baby steps were:
-looking at the bottle (I also started with a spray bottle with water)
-sniffing it
-touching it
-stroking with the bottle
-spraying away from her
-spraying near her
-spraying on her (I started after stroking and started and the whithers. Just one puff at the time and before she could react she was already chewing her treat)
- spraying on the whithers and taking one inch extra

I was very predictable to her:
If she stood still she got a treat
If she would move, I'd let her move all she wanted but kept doing my thing (i.e. spraying near her) until she got more relaxed. I was very carefull to no take a big step.
I always started in the same order: let her look, sniff, then I stroked with the bottle etc. Repetition is the main key here. But she only got treats for a new step.

This is my result:
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-18-2012, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thank everyone for the help.

I dont usually talk much, as i like to train them to voice commands.
The fly pray i use is called FlyRid Plus from my local Feed store, i use it on all my rescue horses, but she seems to be the only one bothered by it, they've all came to me with some sort of skin problem, but as you were saying maybe its sensitive from the lice treatment ?

Thanks for all the advice everyone.
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