Hi, I have recently bought a 9 year old Standardbred horse. He lovely gentle boy, but is a bit nervy. The problem is, he is very head shy. He seems to get worse when he is tied up and you want to touch his face or when putting on the bridle or even when you hold his halter and try and pat his face (like when he is restrained thats when he has been hurt or something). I have been working with him using food and praise rewards and he is very slowely improving, the thing is he has a skin irritation all over the top of his face and ears that I am trying to treat with a herbal cream but just trying to get it on him is impossible and it seems that all the work I have done trying to convince him I wont hurt him is undone after I try and get this cream on him. I have tried different things but his sense of smell is great and he knows when I am going to do it! Any suggestion on how I can work around this or maybe a different type of treatment I can use that isnt as hard to put on as a cream? I dont want him to associate me with anything that he has previously been through, but I need to treat this skin irritation as he is scratching all his hair off so its not too pleasant for him. Sorry about the long winded explanation.