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post #1 of 7 Old 04-05-2012, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Worked with Charlie and his water fears

I went out today and worked with Charlie for a bit. When I first went out there he wouldnt go for a spray bottle at all I put his halter on and held the rope and showed him the bottle. He danced a bit so I walked him around spraying in front of me he was fine with that so I turned and sprayed his way he was curious and came to check it out so I sprayed his legs.He danced a bit, but after only a few minutes I was spraying his whole body stopping in between when he calmed down to praise him and we started over. The hose is still a battle, but I did manage to hose his legs when he let me do that I thought that was a good place to stop and give him a break he did really good considering when I began he wouldnt go for the spray bottle at all. Am I going about this the right way or is there a different approach I should be taking?
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-05-2012, 04:02 PM
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You made progress & you stopped while you were ahead. Neither of you were hurt or upset-so it sounds all good to me. Nothing wrong w/baby steps.
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-05-2012, 04:22 PM
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He's afraid of getting water in his ears. You could try the water on about half pressure and holding it close to him. I always start behind me and gradually bring it around to a front hoof, then the knee. I don't go to the shoulder or neck right away but stay behind the girth area. Only when the horse is ok with that will I move to the neck.
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-05-2012, 04:26 PM
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Speaking of water phobia's...I have a mare that has an everything phobia, and she will not ever go through a puddle/creek or whatever if I try and ride her straight into it... so... I back her up into it and move her front end over so it ends up in the water :P

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Tanya, I like your approach. Is this only to improve her behavior in bathing or are you also wanting her to cross water under saddle?
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-05-2012, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Tanya, I like your approach. Is this only to improve her behavior in bathing or are you also wanting her to cross water under saddle?
He is only a year old and I havent been able to work on the water due to winter. I know when its hot out he is going to want to get bathed.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-06-2012, 06:18 PM
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Well, you sound like you have a good handle on it! Just keep using approach and retreat like you have, stopping and praising when he is calm and relaxed.
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