After I spread the Fly Predators out in the pasture (highly recommend them, by the way- natural fly control and they really work) I went through the small enclosure in front of the barn where Jasper had finished eating his bucket-of-mush lunch. Fly Predators come in a package that's paper in the back and plastic in the front. I was crinkling it up to throw it away and you would have thought firecrackers were going off right under his feet.
The enclosure he was is is about 15x20 feet. I stood in the middle dumbfounded while my horse literally galloped around me, sliding into corners and doing rollbacks. So I of course kept standing in the middle crinkling paper. He was acting ridiculous. Like he did yesterday when one of the paper dressage letters I taped to the arena fence fluttered as we went by and I ended up on the side of his neck as he leaped 200 feet sideways.
Surely, I thought, he would see how completely ridiculous he was acting and calm down. Huh. I stood in one place looking down at the ground while he flew around me. After 10 or 15 minutes I was starting to get frustrated and tired. So I overturned his lunch bucket and sat on it, still looking at the ground. He continued to trot and run but quit doing the rollbacks.
After another 10 minutes I had almost reached the end of my rope and needed a distraction before I started shouting horrible degrading names at him so I called Terri, who also has horses, and we talked about her horses for a while. Phone in one hand, crinkling paper in the other. That passed the time for a nice chunk of time, and he worked himself down to walking and snorting.
How long after that did it take him to finally reach his head over my shoulder to sniff the cookie that was in the hand not holding the crinkling paper? About 15 hours I think. OK, maybe not that long but it felt like it. It doesn't help that he's not food motivated.
After about 40 minutes yes, eventually he did eat a cookie off the paper. THE PIECE OF PAPER. By grabbing it with his lips and flinging his head into the air afterward like he'd been slapped, rolling his eyes back into his head.