Scared of Spray Bottles & Won't Back Up Straight?!
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Scared of Spray Bottles & Won't Back Up Straight?!

This is a discussion on Scared of Spray Bottles & Won't Back Up Straight?! within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • Horse wont back
  • Horse won't back up

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-11-2012, 11:30 PM
  #1
Foal
Scared of Spray Bottles & Won't Back Up Straight?!

I recently started riding a new pony for someone to get her back into riding shape by the time they can get back into the saddle and there a couple problems I want to make sure I am handling correctly!

She is terrified of spray bottles, I went to spray on some fly spray since she's in the trees there are a lot of bugs, the mare tries to step away. I've been spraying and petting her with it and showing her the bottle and a few times I was able to spray her entire body without her caring but the next time I go back she does the same thing and tries to step away. What is the best approach to get her to trust the bottle completely that I can just go up and start spraying her?

Another issue i'm having is that when I ask her to back up she side-steps to the right. I've tried changing the pressure between my left and right leg as well as left and right rein and every time she still goes to the right. I'm not sure how to tackle this one! I've been told by the owner she's thrown off two people after hitting the electric fence because she wouldn't stop backing up, she's tried to do this to me once but when asked to go forward she stops.

Thanks for any help in advance! :)
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    07-12-2012, 09:22 AM
  #2
Green Broke
I've been working on this starting on Friday last week so we're into day 6 today. I put the spray bottle in the stall with her and left it there all day.

Twice a day, I'd put her on a lounge line and start spraying.....she went in circles for probably five minutes before she stopped.....I kept spraying for about 30 more seconds.....not at her or on her just out to the side.....

When I quit spraying I gave her a peppermint......then slowly started spraying her....at first she circled again...but this time stopped in a minute or so.....repeated.....stopped in a couple of circles..I did this for maybe 20 minutes, morning and evening....when we quit I put the spray bottle back in the stall with her.

Day three she stood for it.....no circles.....several peppermints then!

It's fun to make this kind of progress.....I'm proud of her.....
     
    07-12-2012, 03:02 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I'm sorry but there is no way acclimating to fly spray should take six days...just not necessary for it to be drug out like this.

While a horse may act up a little bit on 2nd go? Most won't if handled right when teaching it/applying it.

You are teaching horse that it is something to be concerned over by dragging it out.

Show horse bottle, squeeze it a few times, use water to spray at first so don't waste money of course, and then spray horse. Work at chest and shoulder area, then sides. If horse moves, move with them, and if horse keeps it up? Get after the horse and make it stand still.

This is why having a "be still" or "stand" command is so important. Horses can and do stand still for hours.

Horse isn't terrified of it, horse has learned it can do what it wants to, hence the backing up deal.

Horse is backing up as defiance to keep from doing something it doesn't want to do. It is barn sour, spoiled, buddy sour, what have you, but at this point, it is winning the game.

It is ignoring your cues, and the whole fly spray battle is but another part of it. Horse does not respect you period.

You need to reassess your handling skills as that is the root of this more than likely. Petting, praising, letting horse walk all over you, leads to this type of thing.
     
    07-12-2012, 10:02 PM
  #4
Started
Good job with the fly spray! Some horses take longer than others to get comfortable with that. Personally I'd avoid the use of treats as that tends to distract them from what they're learning. But this method seems to have worked for you.
With my horse and fly spray I did something similar, if she moved away, I made her move A LOT. If she wanted to dance around to avoid the spray I'd make her yield all the parts of her, backing, lunging in circles, everything until she realized it was just easier to stand still for 2 minutes than work for 20.

As for turning rather than backing while riding - my first thought is check her teeth. Sometimes when they have a sore spot on one side they react like that. If that's all fine then clearly it's back to basics. Practice on the ground getting a strong, straight back up. When horses back up on their own they trot backwards, diagonal pairs moving backward. Often when told to back up they're awkward and jumbled and back up one foot at a time, which often confuses them and they'll often end up moving backwards and sideways. So practice backing on the ground until your verbal cue and light pressure makes her 'trot' backwards, showing she's comfortable with this. Then move to the saddle, use your verbal cue and even gentler physical cues. When backing I find many people have trouble remembering the release of pressure. The moment she backs relieve the pressure. Each time asking a little more of her.

For only 6 days of work sounds like you two are doing well. :)
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2 bottles of UNDERWOODS wyominggrandma Tack and Equipment Classifieds 4 04-18-2012 11:59 AM
Arched or Straight Back? dreamrideredc English Riding 14 10-10-2009 07:39 PM
How do you get a straight back up? RebelsRose Horse Training 5 06-24-2008 09:31 PM
How to overcome pony's fear of spray bottles...? pinkhorseofcourse Horse Training 5 03-12-2008 12:28 AM
My horse hates spray bottles, PLEASE HELP??? joseylovesrain123 Horse Training 16 06-23-2007 11:01 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0