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post #1 of 9 Old 08-16-2011, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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Moving away from fly spray and hose

How can I teach my boy to stand in place when I start fly spraying or hosing him?
He is not afraid of it. In fact, he loves the hose. But he reacts in the same way as if I touch my finger to his side - steps quietly away from the pressure. If I spray him, he steps quietly away until he's against the fence and can't go any farther. Once he's at the fence, he stands still.
How can I teach him to NOT move away from it? I've seen lots of advice for dealing with horses who are afraid of being sprayed - but what about the ones who are just doing what they think they're supposed to be doing: moving away from pressure? How can I stop that so I don't have to rely on a fence to spray him (or do continuous circles)?
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-16-2011, 08:16 AM
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It does take time. Use water in a spray bottle, saves on bug spray, and keep spraying the same spot until he decides to stand. You might need to just spray the air next to him at first One of our horses, Sheba, was the same way. It wasn't that she was scared but moved from the pressure she felt. It's just something they have to realize that we don't want them to move. Pay attention to your body language. Make sure you are keeping a neutral stance. When he stops moving, immediately stop spraying, let him rest for a little while to think about it and try again.
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If he's not scared, teach him what the voice cue, "whoa" means. When I say whoa, my horses stop dead and don't move an inch until I kiss to them, no matter what I'm doing on them or whether or not they're tied.

Say whoa, start spraying, when he moves away, bring him back and put him in the same spot and resume spraying. You can also back him up forcibly every time he moves, to teach him that moving means he has to work. Both have worked for me, but I like the first one more for teaching and enforcing "whoa".
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-16-2011, 10:40 PM
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y boy has the same problem. Im interested in hearing some thoughts
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-16-2011, 10:57 PM
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I've always taken what they are afraid of & done it till they stand still, while telling them "stand" the whole time. Soon as their feet stop, I stop. Then praise them, & start over. They'll start to put it together that when they stop moving they get praise, & the sooner they comply, the sooner it's over. Even if they're not afraid, just pushin buttons or doing what they think they should, that seems to work.

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I think some horses move away like yours does do so because there is no other guidance to listen to. Try putting one hand on his withers and hips while you spray with the other hand. Putting your hands on a horse usually means stop - they naturally associate that kind of touch with standing still as you don't touch a moving horse the same as you do when you're grooming, haltering, bridling, picking feet, praising pats/scratches, etc…when he stands for you and your hands are on him.
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-17-2011, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, all. I definitely like the idea of reinforcing "whoa" - we've done some work on that, but obviously need to spend more time on it.

I'll try some of the other tips, too, while we're working on that.

Thanks everyone.
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-17-2011, 02:25 PM
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I had one that refused to stand still too. It's a combination of the sound and impact on his skin he doesn't like. What I did was take him to an open area with a lead rope and hose/spray bottle. He quickly figured out that going in circles around me as I sprayed wasn't helping the situation and learded to stand and take it like a big boy. He still doesn't like it but at least he stands now.

FYI, I don't let him see what I intend to do prior to catching him up. He's figured out he doesn't have to stand and take it if he hasn't been caught yet.
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I've always taken what they are afraid of & done it till they stand still,
While telling them "stand" the whole time.
Soon as their feet stop, I stop. Then praise them, & start over.
They'll start to put it together that when they stop moving they get praise,
& the sooner they comply, the sooner it's over.
Even if they're not afraid, just pushin buttons or doing what they think they should, that seems to work.
Ditto this advice.
I just keep quietly working at the 'task' until they settle.
I like the word cue 'stand' or 'whoa' for this also.
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