Yesterday I canned the sale of my gelding as the new owner beat him with a whip to try to get him to float. !!!!! Can not believe that a vet (new owner) would consider using this method to get respect from an x racehorse. I don't even have to use the whip when lunging him other then to show him that its there. He's a smart boy and gets what it is and how it is to be used.
Floating my boy didnt seem like it was going to be a hassle. He loaded/unloaded fine when we bought him to his new agistment to be with me. He had been on trucks etc before and it all went fine. So I was under the assumption all was going to be ok.
New owner came to collect gelding yesterday. This man was not what he made himself out to be - said they had experience etc- all the signs were positive and pleasing. They showed me and talked of the knoweldge that they had - every t was crossed and and every I was dotted.
My gelding was a little weird yesterday when I went to collect him from paddock- I put that down to the horse that passed away the day before. I checked him over and made sure he was healthy and ok to move on. It took forever to walk from paddock to the round yard. I did nothing to change the routine prior to him being loaded on float. We had a little bit of quiet time , I groomed him (which he loves) gave him a scratch and then we lunged for a little while to burn a little excess energy and keep him supple and free moving - after all he was an athlete and needs to be excercised on reg basis (this is his form of excercise as I can't ride him yet). He was fine after lunging - no different to other times - not jittery just relieved to get the energy out - he seems to like the time we are together in the round yard. He listens and is content with taking directiona nd leadership from me. He really puts his heart into it.
So with the previous events in mind and the following it makes me think that there is a piece of a puzzle that is missing surrounding my boy.
The n/o came and we tried loading him for close to 2 hours , I know 2 hrs!!! The new owners wouldnt give up. They were kind and gentle and calm to start with then they lost there top and started getting nasty with him . I promptly canned the sale ! Returned the money to the man and told him I was sorry about the misundstanding and hope that they find a suitable horse in the future. I was fumming that the man had hit him with the whip numerours times to get him up in to float and that when I was asking him to stop he refused to. We gave him some natural calming paste prior to loading- but it didnt help at all.
Needless to say that with all the coaxing and calm approaches I've seen adn tried this man didnt at all get it that you can't lose it at a horse- they will kill you or further more hurt you and them selves. One can only hope that this experience has not hurt my geldings future attempts at loading .
Any suggestions surrounding loading greatly appriecated ??????