Water Shy? Or Spray Shy? - The Horse Forum

 2Likes
  • 1 Post By Darrin
  • 1 Post By Creampuff
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 09-16-2012, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 51
• Horses: 1
Question Water Shy? Or Spray Shy?

My horse has a very big and interesting past. I don't know most of it other than the fact that she was neglected and left in a field with nothing for 2 years of her life. She is the calmest horse other than one thing: she is water shy or rather, fly spray shy. I let her smell the bottle, letting her know its not going to hurt her and then begin spraying the bottom of her legs gently. Right away, her eyes roll back, her ears go back, and she starts to back away. I mean, I'm kinda a softie towards her past, knowing that she was-I don't know-abused by wet things. I don't know how I can help her get over her fear of things getting sprayed on her, and I've tried just about everything I could. Help?
animallove is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 09-16-2012, 12:53 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Oregon
Posts: 5,416
• Horses: 2
A lot of horses either don't like the sound a spray bottle makes, the feel of spray hitting them or likely both. Anyway, fill your bottle with water and keep working on her. I doubt she'll ever like it but she will learn to tolerate it.
Darrin is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 09-16-2012, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 51
• Horses: 1
I don't think the sound of the spray bottle is a problem for my mare though. What I had to do in the past was to put a sock on and spray the fly spray onto the sock, and rub it onto her. I sprayed the sock right in front of her, and she didn't even flinch. So now I really don't know what's wrong with her. Or perhaps I'm doing something wrong?
animallove is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 09-16-2012, 01:06 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Oregon
Posts: 5,416
• Horses: 2
Then likely she doesn't like the feel of spray hitting her. Same thing applies, use water in the spray bottle so as not to waste spray and use it on her. She'll get desensitised.
animallove likes this.
Darrin is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 09-16-2012, 01:06 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Danville, IL
Posts: 595
• Horses: 4
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.
animallove likes this.

"Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative." (H.G. Wells)
| Missile Sweet Studio |
Creampuff is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 09-16-2012, 02:57 AM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: SW UK
Posts: 9,615
• Horses: 0
Spray with water, get her in a confined area but where she can move around you and have a hold of her head and just keep spraying so that she circles around you whilst you keep spraying.
You stop spraying when she stands of her own accord.
Foxhunter is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 09-16-2012, 09:05 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: SE TN
Posts: 4,411
• Horses: 3
I had the same problem with my horse for a couple of years, using wipe instead of fly spray and when I decided to try and fix it I was spraying her in three days.

Put the horse on a lunge line, fill your spray bottle with water and don't spray at the horse but rather, spray around the horse. Most likely the horse will pull away and go in circles on the lunge line. Keep spraying until he stops which might be several minutes then quit spraying after he stops. Try doing this a few times a day, spraying until he stops.

Next, start at the back feet and spray until he stops.

Get the idea? Be consistent. Work 15 minutes or so on this two to three times a day.

Most on the forum don't like to give treats, but when the horse stops I'd give a peppermint treat and a good pet down with lots of praise.

My mare still doesn't really like the spray bottle but she tolerates it, and that's fine with me.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
gunslinger is offline  
Reply

Tags
health , mare , shy , water

Quick Reply
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:
OR

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
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tea Tree Wound Spray and Wound Coat Spray: Safe to use together? AspiringEventer Horse Health 0 05-22-2011 04:30 PM
How to teach a horse to tolerate water from a hose/spray-bottle? Britt Horse Training 4 07-15-2009 01:07 AM
What fly spray do you use? kchfuller Horse Health 20 06-02-2009 09:54 AM
Afraid of water and fly spray??? eclecticstar Horse Training 10 04-20-2009 10:34 PM
Spray on water-proofing go-g8td Horse Tack and Equipment 1 03-25-2008 02:20 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome