09-16-2012, 02:06 AM
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Maybe it's the sensation of the spray. My pony is the same way -- only get this. I can spray his rear & belly all day long. Let me pass his shoulder and he has the same reaction. So this is what I do:
Start in a comfortable area (any area she'll accept it). Slowly move; when you reach an uncomfortable area, move backwards to the 'comfort.' Then repeat the process, slowly working your way all over. It's worked well with my guy... And also helped me get him calm about handling his feet. (Before, when you passed his "elbow," he would jerk his leg up and set back.)
Water shy... This is what I do with my gelding & my boss's "dangerously" water shy filly (she will kick out if you're not careful). I stand in a position where I can move them around and not lose the pressure (the water spray). I set it on a basic filter, such as it would running straight from the hose, and get to it. Let them dance... As soon as they stand for 3 seconds or so, I take it away and bring on the praise. (The filly loves to be scratched in her sweet spot as a reward.) Eventually the "stand" time got longer, and now they stand calmly for it.