Well, it looks like I have hit my official real issue with Sunny.
My family and I moved cities last weekend, and it was our plan to go pick up Sun and bring her to the new stable yesterday. Well I got to the barn in my old town, SO excited to be bringing my girl home after a week of not seeing her. Well, that excitement quickly turned into anger, exhaustion, and helplessness when Sunny would not load. We worked for three hours, trying every single method to no avail. We tried the butt-rope, feeding her in the trailer, putting a horse buddy on first, chuting her in, any way we knew how. Nothing worked.
This is the first time I've ever had an issue loading her. Although she's only been trailered a couple times, she's always done fine. A bit nervous, but fine. Yesterday it was like we were dealing with a completely different horse. We believe it was because the last time she was trailered(three weeks ago) she went to the vet to get her vaccs, and she is TERRIFIED of needles.
My aunt(current keeper of Sun) told me that she and my uncle tried again today, and this resulted in Sunny rearing and flipping over on her back more than once.
Now I am so scared that she is going to hurt herself or someone else.
Our last chance to bring her to the new stable is this weekend. I don't have the opportunity to work with her on it until then because I live three hours away from her.
She HAS to be trailered, and I am thinking that a calmer/sedative may be our best option.
Has anyone had any experience with any calmers/sedatives?
I'm calling my vet Tuesday to get his opinion and probably a prescription, but I would just like to hear everyone's personal experiences.
I'm aware of the potential "wooziness" and loss of balance, but she HAS to be moved.
I have had an awful, awful past few days, and this has just about sent me over the edge.
I know this needs to be fixed and is a matter of training, but I can't begin working on it until we get her moved.
I really appreciate any information and advice anyone can give me.
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