How to Teach a Horse to Be Sprayed with Fly Spray

Some horses are nervous about being sprayed with fly spray.This article will help you train your horse out of that nervousness.


  1. 1
    Have a halter on your horse, but don't tie him up, instead, have someone either hold him for you, or hold the lead rope your self (this option would be better).
  2. 2
    Fill up a spray bottle with water. While holding the horse on the lead, spray the water AWAY from the horse. If the horse shies away, relax the bottle.
  3. 3
    Continue to spray the water away from the horse, each time spraying one extra time before relaxing.
  4. 4
    After a couple times you can move on, even if he is still shying away.
  5. 5
    Spray the horse. Start with spraying the chest. This is the best place to start.
  6. 6
    If the horse runs away, hold tight to the lead rope, forcing him to circle around you.
  7. 7
    If the horse continues to run, keep spraying until he relaxes even the SLIGHTEST bit. Reward for good behavior.
  8. 8
    Continue to get your horse accustomed to the spray bottle and the sound it makes.
    • Spray away from the horse at first so they know it is there and it just doesn't suddenly show up.
    • If your horse runs away, hold tight to the lead rope and continue to spray the horse in the same place that they first reacted to.
    • When the horse is running when you try to spray him, once they hesitate for even a second or give a sign that they are even thinking of stop running, bow your head and stop spraying, relax the bottle.
  9. 9
    Once your horse is okay with the spraying on the neck, you can move on to do the whole body. This process will take more then one time so be patient.


  • If you are having a hard time with your horse and training him out of spooking when you spray your horse, please contact me.
  • I only suggest starting with water so that you don't waste any fly spray.
  • If you remember to reward your horse by relaxing.
  • Try spook training before you try to accomplish this.
  • This is also a really good exercise for spook training, if not just getting the horse use to the spray.


  • This process will take time, but with practice your horse will get use to the water.

Things You'll Need

  • Lunge line or long lead rope
  • Spray bottle, filled with water
  • Treats

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Categories: Horse Care