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    03-11-2008, 04:17 AM
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Foal
How to overcome pony's fear of spray bottles...?

My daughter's show pony is afraid of any kind of spray bottles.. especially bad during fly season. She is also not real fond of using a towel/rag to wipe fly spray on.. I have been able to spray her, but will not go into the details on how I accomplished that as I am sure it wasn't the proper way.

Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance!
     
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    03-11-2008, 11:21 AM
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Re: How to overcome pony's fear of spray bottles...?

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Originally Posted by pinkhorseofcourse
My daughter's show pony is afraid of any kind of spray bottles.. especially bad during fly season. She is also not real fond of using a towel/rag to wipe fly spray on.. I have been able to spray her, but will not go into the details on how I accomplished that as I am sure it wasn't the proper way.

Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance!
is it the actual feel of the liquid in the bottle hitting her that she doesn't like? Or the bottle itself?

If it's just the bottle, hold it so she can sniif it bite it or whatever. Then take it and run it down her back, until you can do that without her flintching. Then try throwing it over her, and do that until she's fine.

If she's afraid of the mist what comes out of it. Get an regular spray bottle and fill it with water. Bring it to her, and just spray it in the air. Close enough where she can see and hear it, but not so close that is gets on her. Work with that until you can do it without her spooking. Then take the bottle, put your hand or someone elses hand on the horses side, and spray the hand...so it appears like you are spraying the horse, but you actually aren't. Do that until she's fine with it. Then remove the hand and try spraying her.

How exactly does she spook at it? Flintch? Rear? Try to kick you?
     
    03-11-2008, 11:53 AM
  #3
Showing
Good advice Sonny. Definitely use water in the bottle till she is comfy with it. Don't waste expensive fly spray to get her accustomed to it.
     
    03-11-2008, 11:59 AM
  #4
Showing
I train all my babie with water bottles. Right as soon as they are old enough to start getting groomed I always water spray them to get them used to the spray.

If she is really worried only do a few sprays at a time until she used to it. It will come a point where she wont care anymore.
     
    03-11-2008, 06:19 PM
  #5
Started
My quarter horse was deathly terrified of flyspray. It wasn't so much the bottle he was afraid of (although he knew when he saw the bottle, it meant he was going to get sprayed :roll: ). I filled a spray bottle with water. I tried round pen work but this wasn't working all that well, because my horse would rather run all day than get sprayed :roll: . I finally had to put him in a sturdy stall, and spray him while I stood on the outside. I took it slow and worked up his tolerance until he finally started allowing me to spray him without freaking out. He definitely still does not like flyspray, but he will at least stand nicely for me to spray it on him.
     
    03-12-2008, 12:28 AM
  #6
Foal
Here's what I do with any that are afraid of a spray bottle. It has worked for several horses.

Put a halter and lead line (10 - 12') on your horse/pony. While holding the leadline (DO NOT TIE HIM UP) spray into the air AWAY from him. Let the horse move his feet. That is OK. When he stops moving, stop spraying and pet him. (But don't stop till he does). Let him rest for 60 seconds. Next, spray more in his direction. Again, let him move his feet, don't stop spraying until he stops moving. Next, spray closer or spray his legs. Keep getting closer &/or spraying more of him. This will take several days to get him used to the fly spray but once he's used to it he will just stand there while you help protect him from the flies.

Remember:
- Do not spray aggressively. Stay very relaxed and calm.
- Don't stop until he does.
- Let him move his feet so he doesn't feel trapped.
- Don't push him too far. If he gets really scared spraying a certain place, go back to spraying the last place he was comfortable with.
- It's fine to start with water in the bottle, but remember, when you switch to fly spray you may have to work with him some more because of the different, stronger smell of the fly spray.

This has worked great for me. Good Luck!
     

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