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post #1 of 3 Old 10-06-2012, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Getting horse accustomed to fly spray?

Indie's had a bit of an aversion to fly spray since I've brought her home, but luckily, she's put up with it. She's okay when I spray her neck and chest, but when I get to her torso, she'll side step and when I get to her hind legs.. she'll bring them up to her stomach and sometimes try kicking out. (although she usually stops when she realizes that she won't get her way)

Just wondering if there's any techniques that have worked with people to get horses more accustomed with fly spray. She has no problem with being hosed off, if that helps.


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post #2 of 3 Old 10-06-2012, 11:00 AM
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When I introduced my stinker to fly spray, I just got a spray bottle and filled it with water so it was harmless and I wasn't going to waste it working with him. I started just spraying it in his vicinity, close to him but not actually on him. He would sort of quiver, draw back and I would stop. As soon as he sort of reached out to investigate the weird thing, I gave him a treat and told him he was good. That was the basic routine: spray, wait, reward when he relaxes. Gradually he accepted being sprayed all over, though I will admit that he still doesn't particularly like it. He stands there motionless practically holding his breath until I'm done, then he gets his treat for putting up with it. ^_^
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I'll have to try that! The more I get to know her, the more work I realize needs to be done. She used to have an issue with having her ears touched, and since she loves getting groomed.. I'd just gradually start brushing her ears as well until she got used to them being touched. I still haven't been able to tidy them up with scissors, but we're getting there!
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