Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
It's all about training. Horses are afraid of the dumbest things, like a spray bottle.
First, fill a spray bottle with just plain water. Start by tying your horse, turn away and spray the air by walking away about 5 steps from your horse. Come back to your horse and repeat this 5x.
Then, start at the horse, and only walk about 2 steps, stop and spray. Repeat 5x...
Then, stand facing away from your horse and spray the air in front of you. Repeat...
Then, spray the air next your horse, then the feet, then the legs and basically overwhelm your horse with spraying him with water.
I like the ACV bc some horses are irritated by the chemicals in fly spray. Still, there is no excuse for your horse to act terrified of a spray bottle.
Put a couple of minutes rest in between all of the above. You should have this problem licked in a day.
IMO, you should buy some SWAT. I use my hand and put this on my horse's ears and under their eyes, just like football players do. Funny, you can't find the original formula anymore which came in hot pink!