So my 3 year old Clyde/TB filly has desided that this year, she's going to be scared of fly spray...last summer it was fine, but she's taken to mock kicking the air behind her every time I spray her flanks. She's fine with everywhere else, starts 2 stepping when I get to her butt, but on her flanks and the insides of her back legs she jumps around a little and just in the last 2 times, taken to kicking out behind her...I'm safe up at her shoulder, but how would you curb this habit?
So far I've tried to be consistant in keeping her steady and being persistant until she stops dancing to stop spraying - had a couple sessions now where I took a new bottle with just water and sprayed until she just didn't care anymore, then praise...but the next day it's terrifying again. Macabre tried spraying her while she ate her grain, let her walk off but when she came back go right back at it and again she became fine with it, but the next day it was the same thing. For now I plan to continue with the water and just being consistant in not accepting the bad behavior and rewarding the good, but I was curious how everyone else trained their horses to accept being fly sprayed?
I've owned most of my horses from birth so they learned at a very young age, and like I say, Eve was A-OK with it last summer...not like there was a bad experience or anything to set this off. She just doesn't like it. Can't wait to hear the responces!