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post #1 of 22 Old 06-20-2008, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Fly spray is a scary thing

I got a gaited App named Taz. Every time I try to spray fly spray on him he rears straight up in the air...I have tried not tying him when i spray....I have tried to make a loud SSHHH sound right before i start spraying....his hind quarters he doesnt mind so well...it is mainly his shoulders and belly area...which IMO needs the spray the most since his tail doesnt reach these areas

amy other suggestions...I dont know if he was just never introduced to fly spray before i got him or what...he is turning 11 this year and i have had him for 4 years....but still not much progress in this area...i can do anything i want on this horse or to this horse...except spray him for flies!

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post #2 of 22 Old 06-20-2008, 12:24 PM
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What about just using water in the bottle and slowly getting him used to it. ( Then you aren't wasting the spray) I know one of our horses get funky when they smell the fly spray. I haven't had very good luck using a sprayer with him. What about using it on a rag or sponge. It would be a better application and maybe a lot less hassle if you can do that with him.

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post #3 of 22 Old 06-20-2008, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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thanks i think ill try a sponge...i bet thatll be lots better

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post #4 of 22 Old 06-20-2008, 12:33 PM
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Get a spray bottle of water, a long lead and halter, take him to a safe enclosed area and start desensitizing him to it. Start with a spot he feels okay about and work from there. If he rears or moves away, keep spraying until he stops and relaxes. THEN you reward him. If you're consistent, he'll learn that rearing isn't what makes the bottle go away.

For a quick solution, spray a rag and wipe him down instead of spraying that area.
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Dumas, you beat me:P
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post #6 of 22 Old 06-20-2008, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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ooohhh...i need to go get a long rope though....i think ill use a sponge for my rides now and when im just workin him in the round pen ill work on the desensitizing! thanks

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post #7 of 22 Old 06-20-2008, 12:45 PM
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Dumas, you beat me:P
I need to do what you suggested with the long line. I don't have a small space and Dumas has,in the past, reared at things he doesn't like. I have done everything in my power to keep him feeling safe and his feet on the ground! lol I just haven't had the guts to "get into it" with him over the spray.

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post #8 of 22 Old 06-20-2008, 12:59 PM
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Its always a bummer when you have to deal with that kind of stuff in a full-grown horse...I don't know how many times I've thought 'Nuts...this would be so much easier if he were a baby.'
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Get him used to it. Keep doing it over and over and over again. Start off slowly with just a single spray in an area that isnt as sensitive. He behaves well, leave it at that for a day. Work your way up until he desensitized by it. It might take a few weeks or a couple months to get there but he has to get over it.
When he rears does it appear to be true fear or is he just being a jerk?
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post #10 of 22 Old 06-20-2008, 04:08 PM
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How about getting a glove or something, putting the fly spray on there...& then rubbing it on him? ;) That way it's not 'spraying' & he'll be less prone to rear.

Or you could try Sara's suggestion...which will probably work best!

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