"Thinking of your horse as behaving badly disposes you to think of punishment. Thinking of your horse as struggling to handle something difficult encourages you to help him through his distress."- The Concordia Connection
I hope you enjoyed my article in the July/August issue of Horse-Canada called “Make fly spray application a breeze” about using clicker training principles to help you get your horse comfortable being sprayed, and maybe even enjoy it!
Luckily, the bugs here aren’t too bad yet…I probably shouldn’t have said that!
Below is a video to go with the article, showing how I worked with my pony Flash and fly spray. He wasn’t terribly afraid, but just a bit leery; not totally comfortable with it.
You can see in the video where at one point I do go over threshold and he looks a bit worried. See if you can find that moment.
It is ever so important to educate your eye to start to see the reaction before it gets way over threshold. Learn to read the subtle signs that are sometimes quite different for each horse. I have one ge...