Fly spray is a scary thing

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Fly spray is a scary thing

This is a discussion on Fly spray is a scary thing within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • Scary things in fly sprays for horses
  • Horse rears up when put fly spray on

LinkBack Thread Tools
    06-20-2008, 12:04 PM
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 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 don't 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!
Sponsored Links
    06-20-2008, 12:24 PM
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.
    06-20-2008, 12:25 PM
Thanks I think ill try a sponge...i bet thatll be lots better
    06-20-2008, 12:33 PM
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.
    06-20-2008, 12:34 PM
Dumas, you beat me:P
    06-20-2008, 12:35 PM
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
    06-20-2008, 12:45 PM
Originally Posted by Sara
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.
    06-20-2008, 12:59 PM
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.'
    06-20-2008, 01:04 PM
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?
    06-20-2008, 04:08 PM
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!

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:34 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0