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post #21 of 29 Old 06-23-2015, 06:57 PM
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I taught the fearful horse the concept of clicker/treat training, about 10 min several times a day for a few days. I then introduced the spray only with water, starting with it way out to my side. I was by his head but facing backward. As long as his feet didn't move c/t. The spray came closer in small increments rewarding each time his feet didn't move. When it came to the spray making contact it barely touched his hooves. He moved so no c/t. Tried again, c/t. Then I went to his rib cage, well away from his ears (big fear of water in ears). By the time I was at the far shoulder I could spray him all over altho. The following evening, while he was at liberty and armed with both bottles I started beside me again, c/t. When I did the near shoulder he walked away. No halter or lead so no way to convince him to stay but he went only about 3 strides then turned to face me. He knew I had treats and I swear he was trying to figure out how to get one. I waited and to my delight he came back and stood solid, getting his treats when done. Any time, anywhere, if he needs spraying I simply show him the bottle. If he touches it he's giving me permission and plants all four feet.

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post #22 of 29 Old 06-23-2015, 08:50 PM
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My gelding is the same way. He is flat terrified of any type of spray, and the more you try to make him stand there and be sprayed, the more aggressive he gets.

He's 9 years old and has been like that since he was born. I've tried everything in the books and out of them to get him to accept being sprayed. I don't think he likes the sound, honestly.

I have figured, though, that if I take it extremely slowly, he will let me spray him, but it takes a while.

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post #23 of 29 Old 06-24-2015, 09:13 PM
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What I would do is always let your horse be aware ahead of time that something will be sprayed. Let them sniff the bottle. First, I would use water and mist it around them. Then lightly spray them until they no longer have any reaction. I would then do the same thing, but use fly spray. Hope this helps!
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post #24 of 29 Old 07-01-2015, 12:40 PM
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i found a fly repellent that i really am happy with.. its an ointment, so you just rub it on at various places and it works incredibly well. brand vip "clear fly repellent ointment" it works on horses and ponies as well as dogs... it stinks but it works;)
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post #25 of 29 Old 07-01-2015, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Teddy has been doing very well with the fly spray. an occasional head toss, but no more dancing in the cross ties or hiding in the corner. I was even able to walk in his stall and spray him and he just stood there which is a huge deal. I just pet him and talked to him the entire time i was spraying it on him for the first few days and now he stands like a gem

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post #26 of 29 Old 07-02-2015, 12:34 PM
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I just spray. She is getting better but she is five so I think it's learning for her. However this is what works for me so maybe you should try. Probabaly best to start in your stable incase he spooks badly. :)
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post #27 of 29 Old 07-02-2015, 01:47 PM
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My mare came to me with the same issue. Hated fly spray...I had to brush or towel it onto her. The key for teaching her to get over it was rhythm. I had one person try to work with my horse by sort of spraying when she wasn't looking at random intervals...that did not work at all. Another person worked with her and kept spraying steadily until my mare showed signs of calming down, and that totally worked!

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post #28 of 29 Old 07-06-2015, 10:14 AM
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It's not possible for me to make any horse stand still. If they want to move, even my 430lb Shetland, they are going to move, so I never fight the movement. I have found with all the horses I've dealt with over the years, that I just let them move out around me on the lead rope but never stop spraying until they stop moving, then praise, and matter-of-factly start spraying, again. Always stay calm and "matter-of-fact," oh, and it's good to start at the front feet for the horses that are really frightened.

Yes, water in the sprayer is a lot cheaper because some horses will longe around me on the lead for several minutes, and my aim isn't always good, and it may take a few different sessions of spraying before they learn to stand, but they always figure it out. All eleven horses here, even the Boarder Horses, stand free for spraying, now, and we do it 2x a day. Several of them were scared or resistant initially, and I had to follow them around the paddock with the spray keeping them moving until they decided to stand, but now, some of them even ASK for it. The flies just make them miserable.
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post #29 of 29 Old 07-06-2015, 07:49 PM
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My mare was doing the same thing, I second the above recommendation to not do it while tied. My approach was to hold her lead rope and just keep spraying until she got over it, took 2-3 minutes and the next time she was fine (it was only one particular area on her flank she didn't like). She spazzed hard the first time, then when that didn't work just kept trying to move her bum away from me, kept that up for a couple minutes then just gave up and stood still for it. Did the same on the other side and now she's good to go.
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