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As Geo moves back and forth in front of me, I pass the noz­zle un­der the lead and spray his other side. I may do this qui­etly for five min­utes or more. Each time, I re­duce the amount I ask him to move and grad­u­ally in­sist he stand still a bit longer to ac­cept the spray. No­tice that at the be­gin­ning I di­rect the wa­ter to­ward the horse’s shoul­der and rib area—it’s best to start spray­ing parts of his body that are less sen­si­tive than the front legs or the face. Build your horse’s con­fi­dence in­cre­men­tally, and grad­u­ally move the spray out of his com­fort zones.

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