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post #1 of 7 Old 05-20-2010, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Question Horses and Fly spray

Well I have never had this happen to me and I have owned alot of horses. My belgian mare is dead broke and not scared of anything really and yesterday I was putting fly spray on the horses and when I got to her she flipped out rearing and she almost kicked me man I went really slow and she still flipped out I have never had a horse do that. I dont really know how to go about this because I am sure she is going to be scared of water too but she goes through it fine. So I dont know if I should tie her up and just let her flip out or hold her or really what to do. She is a big girl and I dont want to get hurt but I want to go about it the right way. I have been training my Percheron mare and she is only 2 1/2 yr old and she is not scared of water or fly spray... Anyone have any advice???? Thanks
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-20-2010, 04:58 PM
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Tango was afraid of spray too...still is a little. I rubbed the can all over her body, and before you spray it on make the "shh" noise of the spray coming out. If you do that in short intervals, eventually she'll get used to the sound, and she also won't be able to tell the difference between your sound and the actual spray.
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-20-2010, 09:44 PM
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Go about it the same you would with any other desensitizing exercise. To do a little work every day and not OD your horse on chemicals, use a squirt bottle with plain water.
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-21-2010, 03:53 PM
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^^ Yes, I used a plain bottle of water too. It really helps cut the costs down when you have an anxious horse you're working with.

Basically, I sprayed the air around him, far enough away that so he was more interested than scared. Gradually, I started spraying nearer and nearer to him. It's not such a big deal anymore, especially if he know the treats come out when we are done.
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-22-2010, 12:33 AM
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I've had this problem before. I would hold the lead rope in my hand in an open area and spray the air beside her. She is going to get scared and try and get away. Go with her and keep spraying until she stops and relaxes. Once she does, stop spraying immediately and give her a pet and let her know that is the right answer. Repeat. Once she is comfortable with that, spray it on her and keep doing it (in the same area) until she stands still and relaxes. She will catch on quickly. You just have to remember that you don't stop spraying until she is still and relaxed. With our problem horse, it didn't take long at all.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-23-2010, 04:07 PM
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I use the bottle of water and just spray spray spray spray. With my horses it's always the sounds that bugs them and not actually getting hit with the stuff. So I just sand there and spray the ground let them check out the bottle and rub them all over then step back and start spraying again and move till the mist is on them and keep doing it till they stand and then I stop and reward with pats and words.

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post #7 of 7 Old 05-23-2010, 06:03 PM
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You know it's a pretty common thing for horses to be afraid of. All my babies went through this. I've had retrained miniatures, TBs as well as full sized drafts to be sprayed and washed down with water hoses, so I've dealt with all sorts of horses.

Keep the spray bottle during groomings. Because we dont know for sure what scares her(could be the bottle, could be the sensation of the spray, could be the color, could be the sound of spraying); keep the bottle on your belt or in your hand during your grooming sessions.
From there(days or a couple weeks later, whenever she is settling with the idea), from a distance spray the brush you are going to be brushing her with then brush her. Do that for a little while longer.
Continue on with slow re-introducing spraying her directly again. Stay away from her face and head, start off with the main parts of her body. Make sure you let her know she is being a really good girl with it.

Let us know if you have problems with hosing her down. Another very common issue with babies. I'll be more than happy to advise with that as well.

Take it slow with them and be very patient and they will get it.
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