Just a little update everyone!
Now, I am totally a devotee to this process. I was completely worried that once my big Do-do bird knew the air from the bottle wasn't going to hurt him, he was going to revert to his old ways. This was the way ALL of our previous bite ending had gone.
But, I am happy to say I only had to use it a few times, as I listed, and we have not had problem one since.
I was working strictly from the ground until last Monday night when I brought a friend with me, who wanted to ride, so I saddled him up. My friend backed out, but I threw the saddle on him anyway and... NOTHING. No nip, no bite, no ear pinning, no temper tantrum! I wasn't sure how he would react to being saddled since we hadn't in so long, but I wanted to work on trust first.
Not only was I able to saddle him up safely and without one or both of us getting all irritated, but he then followed through with EVERY single thing I asked him to do, no hesitations, to the point of my friend asking me 'How did you get him to do that?' We backed up, turned left and right and stopped, all hands free.
I will forever be a slave to the $1.99 ketchup bottle!
OH! And it was mentioned earlier about spitting on your horse... which I found hilarious, right? Well, the other night I was working with Jojo and got a few hairs in my mouth, (yay, spring shedding!) and I was kind of making that spitting noise, you know, 'pooh, eck, pooh'. And every time I made it, Jojo would pull his head up, and look at me like 'What did I do wrong?!' Which makes me now believe that the spitting thing would TOTALLY work. My little 'Pooh' noises got his attention quicker than raising my voice! Crazy.
I'm a believer!!! :):)
Thanks everyone for your support!!! I just wanted to update a little, because in all honesty I am STILL amazed.
Glad it worked for you! I'm going to try this with my mare...hopefully a squirt (water) bottle will work just as well..