Yesterday, I was supposed to go trail riding at my dad's hunting club with my friend. We had been planning this trip for about a month now and we were both SO excited about it. Everything was set, I was all packed up, I had the trailer and truck ready, all I needed was Shamrock on the trailer before we could head out to get my friend's horse..
Shamrock has been on this trailer multiple times before and every time he's hopped right on. However, this time, he got on & decided he wanted back off before my boyfriend and his friend could get the butt bar up. After that experience, Shamrock decided he wanted NOTHING to do with the trailer. It took 2.5 hours & 5 people to get him loaded.. and by the time it was 1) too late to go, even if my friend's horse would load easily and 2) I wasn't sure he would get back on in an unfamiliar place after we got him off for the ride. So our trail ride was ruined. Yesterday brought on a lot of emotions, he had me in tears I was so upset, and he even suffered.. I imagine it was a traumatic experience to try to be loaded and getting fussed at for not getting on the trailer.
What frustrated me most was that after we tried every possible trick in the book to get him on, he would outsmart us. The older guys who were helping tried pushing him on from behind (which I don't see how that was going to work, he's too big to push into a trailer), so when anyone would touch him, he would back away from the trailer. After a while when we were taking a break, trying to figure our next step, I shook the bucket of pellets I had for him at the front of the trailer and he just hopped on as if it was no problem.. It was almost like he was laughing at us after all of our efforts! So, after that, he went on a 40 minute ride around the countryside and back home.
Luckily, I have access to that truck and trailer and can (& will) be practicing LOTS. I overestimated his readiness to travel, got frustrated, and for the first time in ages, our communication as a team failed. I'm not just frustrated with him, but mostly at myself.