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! :)