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        01-10-2013, 08:11 AM
      #31
    Green Broke
    I agree it it becomes an issue of necessity. That it is why I took a day when I had nothing to do and dedicated it to getting him to load on a trailer.

    In the beginning of the day I took it slow with him because I knew he had a big fear of it from the way he was reacting. I have a feeling it might have been a previous bad experience when he actually went to get off and a claustraphobic(sp?) thing.

    Whereas later in the day when I could tell he was over the fear and was just being a tool I got up him. He backed off twice with little warning and fast. Both times I made him work hard and he was only allowed to rest in the trailer. It only took those two goes for him to stop it.

    Though it will be a test to see how well he goes tomorrow, hopefully good.
         
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        01-10-2013, 08:16 AM
      #32
    Foal
    I'm glad he's coming 'round to it. Keep up the good work!
         
        01-10-2013, 11:51 AM
      #33
    Trained
    I agree that they have to it when you tell 'em to do it, and I'll add another thing, JUST BECAUSE YOU SAID SO. And with a horse that hasn't had a past history of bad experience or developed a refusal to load, I don't give 'em a crumb. I do keep a hay net in the trailer, and I fill it for long hauls, but for a short hop like to the vet...no, they just go because I said it was time to go.

    I only suggested treats on top of praise for this guy because the OP said he had a history of bad loading, so wanted to suggest she override that at first with good, and good=food for a horse, and it sounds like she's pretty well got it going on.

    Horses take hundreds of repetitions to really learn something (unless you don't WANT them to learn it) so I try not to get after them too much, especially not when it's something like trailer loading. It doesn't take much to convince them that it's not a good idea.
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        01-10-2013, 12:34 PM
      #34
    Started
    I'm subbing to this thread partly to say well done, you've done a great job with him! And partly because I will be doing trailer loading practise with my three next week and this thread is full of useful thoughts to help me get my thoughts straight when I start.
         

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