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        03-25-2013, 01:30 PM
      #7641
    Green Broke
    When I went to pick up my newest 7 year old QH gelding, who has been in the pasture for almost a year, he didn't want to load right after the seller stated that he was a great loader..lol

    I walked him back and forth between me and the trailer until he stopped to smell the trailer. Then made him walk back and forth a few more times before trying to lead him in. He still didn't go so went back to walking him between me and the trailer on both sides as well as across the back. Took about 10 minutes before trying to load him the next time and he nearly ran over me trying to get in there.

    Hope this helps..
         
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        03-25-2013, 02:52 PM
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    My awesome DH dug my horse trailer out of the snowbank so daughter and I could take my Arab gelding, Koolio and our very green Welsh x Hano mare, Himmy to the stable yesterday for a ride. Part of the reason for this trip was to give my daughter a chance to try out her new dressage saddle before the fitter comes on Tuesday. As always, Koolio was a perfect gentleman in all respects and Himmy, although very green, was pretty good.

    Trailering was a little more challenging. Again, Koolio was awesome, but Himmy was a bit reluctant to load up when we left home. I drove very slowly as the roads were rough with snow and ice in spots, but then we met the train at the crossing, and the conductor blowed his whistle over and over. Poor Himmy couldn't see what the monstrous noise was. She settled as soon as it passed, but the event seemed to have rattled her for getting back in the trailer when it was time to come home.

    I don't think she was really scared, just being stubborn, but she had no intention of getting on that trailer. We pulled and pushed and prodded and coaxed for over 30 minutes to get her in. Working in the slippery snow made it they much more frustrating for all of us. We did finally get her in and get her home, but tomorrow we take her and the other mare back for saddle adjustment and fitting. She will also be hauled regularly to lessons once the snow melts, so we will have to work on practicing loading ASAP. The trailer is a two horse straight haul, so if anyone has any suggestions for loading a reluctant horse, please share them!
    I have had trouble with my horses loading. First lesson I learnt was don't let the horse win. When loading you have to get them in or it re-inforces them not going in.

    Second lesson I also learnt was not to lead them in. Its dangerous. If the horse suddenly charges forward you are going to get hurt.

    I had a Parelli trainer take Stella in hand and sorted her loading, and me. I had some learning and changing from leading her in. To driving her in.
    The conclusion was Stella was being the boss and that had to be changed. Bugs demonstrated fear, he would start to show sweat spots on his neck. Two different problems.

    I now stand at the left of the trailer ramp and drive her into the right side stall all by tapping her on her ample rump. She tries it on by walking down the right side of the trailer but I just bring her back shorten up the lead and she will go in. Its all part of her trying to maintain control.

    I am about to start on Stella and Bugs getting them used to the new float. Its a rear straight loader, but has a front side ramp to unload from if required. I expect both horses to try and take the advantage and not want to load. I have news for them and its all bad.

    The best thing I did with Both horses was I got some oine they did not know to get them going in and out of the float and then while they were doing that I took over. The look on Stella's face when she went in for me and then it clicked what she had done. She turned and looked at me and you could see the expression in her eyes. How did that happen. But I had controll back again.

    If you get some one else to try make sure they really know what they are doing.
    If the horses are loading but reluctantly each time they get in take them for a short ride and then home again. Leave the trailer on the tow vehicle as you will need to do this a dozen times over the next few days to get the message installed.

    Good luck
         
        03-25-2013, 03:01 PM
      #7643
    Green Broke
    I guess I should have stated that I was stepping up into the right bay so as to lead him into the left bay when he was ready to go on in. His chin caught me in the back of my left shoulder as he went to start in...

    I reread my post after reading Stan's reply and saw how the wording made it sound bad. I would never go into the bay that I am trying to get a horse into....

    Thanks for causing me to reread that Stan....I would hate to have someone take something I posted in the wrong way and end up badly hurt....
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        03-25-2013, 03:53 PM
      #7644
    Yearling
    Thanks for the advise. So far, we have been leading this horse in and then going out the escape door, but all my other horses go in themselves. Much safer! I think we will practice in the yard today, just getting her in and out with nice rewards when she goes in. Hopefully we can n this issue in the bud before show season.
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        03-25-2013, 04:12 PM
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    Couldn't Agree more with most of that .. Each horse is different though as you know of with my daughters Mare we just sold... Koolio Look at my thread
    Help Trailering a VERY diffcult mare
         
        03-25-2013, 05:27 PM
      #7646
    Yearling
    Hey everyone...

    Just heard from Mom. Dad's surgery has been scheduled for early Wednesday morning so I am headed 4 hours south tomorrow after work.

    I will let you know when he comes through it with flying colors!!!!

    Spent some time with Isabella today, trying to let her know that she won't see me for a little while. I see her at least 4 days a week. I know she won't even notice I am gone but she is my therapy and I know I am going to miss her horribly, almost as much as my hubby!

    So, the next couple of weeks are going to involve a lot of stress and a lot of travel. Positive thoughts and prayers are appreciated!
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        03-25-2013, 06:44 PM
      #7647
    Yearling
    Corgi, positive thoughts wrapped around you. Imagine a hedge of positive thoughts wrapped around your daddy. Those are our prayers that he is held safe and protected from any harm and that the doctors are all on the top of their game. Don't forget to take care of yourself!!!! - if you get run down, you could catch cold or something, not good for you or for your family. Take care and try to find a time to keep us posted!
         
        03-25-2013, 08:20 PM
      #7648
    Yearling
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    Gosh, reading all of your posts made me aware of how many people board their horse! Not to sound small town, but I never really thought about it because between my two parents, we've always had our own barns! 😊 Currently my mom is housing my two as she just built a barn to " try her hand at raising goats". So for Christmas, she built me two box stalls onto the end of her barn for me! 😃 Great mom, huh? We take tuns doing the chores. I am usually there 4 days a week. Guess once school is out, I'll be there WAY more! So far so good! It helps us both out!

    Question, I notice many of put BM, which I assume is barn manager. But what does BO mean?


    Good luck to all of you moving barns. I can't imagine the stress of learning how things are " done" at each place? 😳
         
        03-25-2013, 08:46 PM
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    Yes BM is barn manager. BO is barn owner. Thanks for the well wishes I'm begging the hubby to buy me a little land so I don't have to board. T
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    Originally Posted by NickerMaker71    
    Gosh, reading all of your posts made me aware of how many people board their horse! Not to sound small town, but I never really thought about it because between my two parents, we've always had our own barns! 😊 Currently my mom is housing my two as she just built a barn to " try her hand at raising goats". So for Christmas, she built me two box stalls onto the end of her barn for me! 😃 Great mom, huh? We take tuns doing the chores. I am usually there 4 days a week. Guess once school is out, I'll be there WAY more! So far so good! It helps us both out!

    Question, I notice many of put BM, which I assume is barn manager. But what does BO mean?


    Good luck to all of you moving barns. I can't imagine the stress of learning how things are " done" at each place? 😳
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        03-25-2013, 09:00 PM
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    Thanks for the advise. So far, we have been leading this horse in and then going out the escape door, but all my other horses go in themselves. Much safer! I think we will practice in the yard today, just getting her in and out with nice rewards when she goes in. Hopefully we can n this issue in the bud before show season.
    I was leading Stella in and in the end it help to give her the upper hand. I also went out the grooms door. Driving from behind is the natural way and it is the way the alpha mare pushes around the younger horses. With Stella when I achieved driving her, I not only got her into the float. I also keep on cementing my dominance over her. (Not often a man get the better of a mare now is it) .

    The only reward they get is no more pressure, the float/trailer has to become their place of reward.
    I also tried the food reward. It is not long lasting and a smart horse will turn that into their advantage.
    Good luck today.
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