I have been a lurker for a very long time, and 4 weeks ago was able to buy my very first horse. We're still getting used to each other, and I'm learning what he's dealt with and what is completely new to him. I'm discovering hoses and also the fly spray bottle are things he is wary of. I'm not sure what he is afraid of, but when I turn the hose on, even just near him, he starts to dance around, and will not stand still. I don't tie him yet because I don't want him to hurt himself. I'm trying to help work with him on getting used to the hose, I just want to be very careful since I don't want to create a bad experience for him. Is there anything I can do to help him get used to hoses and the water actually touching him?
I'm willing to move as slowly as he needs, but he's a paint and with the heat we've been having lately, he is getting very nasty! He doesn't have a problem if you fill a bucket with water you can throw it over him. It's just the dancing when the hose turns on. He's also like that with the fly spray bottle. I can spray him as long as he doesn't see the bottle moving, its the sweeping motion that seems to bother him.
Since he is my first horse, I just want to do the best I can with him. I don't want to create negative experiences for him but I think he'd really enjoy a bath on these hot days.
Thanks so much for any suggestions!! :)