How to safely put on fly spray
Summer heat, long days, and many flies and bugs. How do you protect your horse if they’re afraid of fly spray?
It’s all about teaching your horse the elements that are involved.
Step #1: Give your horse the right foundation
Before you approach with the spray, it’s important that your horse knows how to relax. I use the TRT forms to teach my horseshow to release tension in their body.
Step #2: Train touch, approach and sound
Fly spray is challenging to horses because it’s a combination of three elements in our human environment that horses can find scary. With the tools, I can introduce each individually and teach my horse how to respond. The TRT forms will guide your horse back to relaxation.
Step #3: Introduce the spray bottle
Practice the motion of stretching out and pointing the bottle towards your horse without actually spraying. This is also the moment where I touch my horses with the bottle, looking for sensitive and least sensitive spots.
Step #4: Simulate fly spray
Practice the motion of stretching out and pointing the bottle towards your horse without actually spraying. This is also the moment where I touch my horses with the bottle, looking for their most sensitive and least sensitive spots. In those, I simulate the spray by exaggerating the approach and the sound of spray.
Step #5: Spraying!
Repeat all the steps and guide your horse into the TRT forms to release any tension in their body. Soon you’ll be spraying your horse all over!