Okay, so obviously this is not exactly what this website is for, but there just aren't forums for horse trainers like this. I have tried to think of this situation as if I were training a dog with the same issue, but I just can't make my brain merge the two creatures, lol. One of my horses, Beamer, has an eye infection, due to the fact that we haven't had moisture of any kind in over two months so their is a lot of dust, and a lot of flies. Plus he's just prone to eye problems; during the summer we always have to make sure his eyes are reeeeaaaally clean, mainly by heavily fighting flies with repellants, etc. Anywho....to get rid of this eye infection we have to spray his eyes, which will also spray around the eye and kill any bacteria. Here's where we have a problem. It is very common for horses to have a fear of spray bottles. The sound, the feeling, the motion, it's all very scary to a prey animal. It's important to TEACH horses that water hoses and spray bottles are not scary, and can in fact be enjoyable. Well, unfortunately, whoever had Mr. Beamer before us didn't do that. I have spent a lot of time and effort just to get him to accept being sprayed with a spray bottle so that he can be sprayed for flies, veterinary purposes, grooming purposes, etc. He has made such huge improvements. But asking him to let me spray his eyes is sooo much. The first time was yesterday. He was NOT happy. Just like solving a behavioral issue with dogs, one bad experience can erase years of work. As soon as I bought the spray I was thinking of ways to help create a positive association with the spray bottle even though he is being sprayed in the eyes, because I knew this would set him back so far. Today, when I went to spray all the horses with fly spray and then doctor Beamer, it took me 15 minutes to get him to allow me to even catch him. I didn't doctor his eyes, I only sprayed fly spray and also wiped the spray on his face to keep the flies from making it worse. If I had made him take the eye spray today too I would have had such a hard time trying to spray him next time. So, I need suggestions. Think of it just as if you were teaching a dog to accept this. Should I spend twice as much time creating a positive association as I do doctoring him? He HAS to have this spray on his eyes, so I know that each time I have to doctor him it will erase a ton of work done to make him accept getting sprayed. Any suggestions appreciated...like I said, think of it just as if you were teaching a dog to accept this. There will probably be modifications, but still...same sandwich different bread, if that analogy works, lol!