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post #1 of 17 Old 05-26-2007, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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My horse hates spray bottles, PLEASE HELP???

ok we all know that it's the time for fly spray and this means spray bottles. well today i descovered my 3 year old as a fear of bottles!!! he was fine until i started to spray him. i jumped to the side and backed up, with his eys wide and head all high. *luckly i didnt have him tied up* . so does anyone have any helpful tips to fix this?
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post #2 of 17 Old 05-26-2007, 10:29 PM
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Could you tell if it was a reaction to the spray or the bottle?
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umm...well when i walked up to him he didnt mind, but when i sprayed it he freaked! but then when i showd him just the bottle he got scared of that too. so i guess it could be both.
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hmm possibly a negative association thing... this takes patience to solve! It maybe an idea to look at other fly prevention methods in the meantime such as garlic and rugs.
As far as the re-training goes, let me think on that one! It's 4 am here and I think I can just about risk going 2 bed at this time and not get a hangover (in theory anyway)!
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It's 4 am here and I think I can just about risk going 2 bed at this time and not get a hangover (in theory anyway)!
LOL! Good luck!

For fly spray, I started out with just water. I did a nice spritz on hot days until she got the hang of it. Never near the face, just on the chest, shoulders, back, side, butt, legs... Once she discovered the cool water felt good, I went to fly spray. I never spray her face, and I made sure none of the spray went toward her face. I started with her legs and worked up, then the chest, shoulder, neck, back, butt...

Some horses just hate the smell, and have a really hard time dealing with the spray. Another method is to soak a wash cloth and wipe them down. I use this on the face anyway, so when it is really windy, I just wipe her down instead of spraying.

The fly spray I switched to for this summer has to be wiped on anyway. I still use a spray bottle to give her a little cool spritz now and then of water.
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lol sounds good i'll work on it.
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A lot of horses really don't appreciate being sprayed. It usually doesn't matter what is coming out of the bottle - just that the spray sounds and looks and feels weird. I always start really slow if a horse is afraid of being sprayed. Don't actually spray the horse at first. Stand away from him and spray away from him, but let him see what you are doing. He will probably still flinch a little bit that's okay. Keep doing that until he seems to calm down. Then move a little closer and do it again. When he's okay with that, spray it onto your hand and then wipe your hand on him. He will probably jump at first when you touch him, but keep doing it until he calms down. Then start spraying him slowly and lightly. Stand really close to him and pat him while you do it. If he gets too jumpy aim the spray away from him again, but don't move away. Eventually he will realize that it's not hurting him. Save his legs and face for last. And actually if you never spray his face, I'd be fine with that. I don't expect my horses to stand still for that - I sure wouldn't. Good luck with your boy! Hope this helps.
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thanx, need some tips on what to do. it's strange i've trained other peoples horses just fine but when it comes to training my own horse it seems so different.
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joseylovesrain123 - let me know how your training goes - i have exactly the same problem with my TB - he HATES spray, water, anything wet basically! He goes beserk if i try to spray him - i've tried standing next to him with the spray and then eventually he lets me spray him on his body and stands still - the next day he's totally forgotten and goes mental again!

He doesnt even like the slightest bit of rain - even if he has his rug on - he stands in his shelter and refuses to move until it's passed!

Tried giving him a bath on the weekend using a DAMP sponge - even that was too much for him!!

SO let me know how your training goes - i'd love to know what methods you use so i can give it a go aswell!
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joseylovesrain123 - let me know how your training goes - i have exactly the same problem with my tb - he HATES spray, water, anything wet basically! He goes beserk if i try to spray him - i've tried standing next to him with the spray and then eventually he lets me spray him on his body and stands still - the next day he's totally forgotten and goes mental again!

He doesnt even like the slightest bit of rain - even if he has his rug on - he stands in his shelter and refuses to move until it's passed!

Tried giving him a bath on the weekend using a DAMP sponge - even that was too much for him!!

SO let me know how your training goes - i'd love to know what methods you use so i can give it a go aswell!
I'll be glad to let you know how it goes. right now rain is out to pasture so he can grow and relax and be a three year old.

another method of washing your horse is to hot rag him. when you dip a towel in steaming hot water, ring it out and the rub the horse with it, then you wipe the area with a dry towel. how old is the horse?
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