Big Ben used to be good to load, but then when he was hauled by someone else, she couldn't get him to load the other end, had to delay his return by a day I still don't know what happened but ever since then he has been a PIG to load.
I spent days and weeks getting him to load onto my stock trailer, the one he had hopped up on happily when we bought him fought him through rearing, breaking away, panicking, all the way to popping on and off quietly if not happily. Then a friend turned up with her trailer and he downright refused to load, so had to leave him home. Went back to square one, and worked him through it until he would load on the stock again, back to loading OK (ish)
Then I bought the slant load, narrower door, darker smaller interior and higher step, and sir is having NOTHING, not NOTHING to do with that monster. I spoke to my new trainer and she suggested taking a lasso, roping his butt in the loop and using that to help him on. My initial reaction, "yeah right" I've tried a lunge line behind him and it made things worse rather than better, but when people give you tips, you have to try, and
It works, as simple as that, walked him up to the trailer, "NOPE not getting on that" roped his butt, took up the slack and he's "Oh you want me on the trailer? OK" and he jumps on as quiet and relaxed as anything. I'm loading him 3 times a day at present, and it is like night and day to what he has been like before, I'm still in shock I don't have to pull, or coerce, he just loads.....
The benefit, I've been working on trailer loading with Ben and the others for a couple of weeks, and it's like a step class. Although I haven't been following any sort of diet I have lost a pound, and feel so much fitter. I found myself springing straight up from the couch here, rather than having to fight my way up
Ben is a big lad and looks cramped in the slant load, I haven't actually closed the partition on him all the way yet, I have just been closing it round on him, and he gets restless. If he turns around he will stand very happily facing the back door, so is there any reason that I can't tie the partition out of the way and let him travel like it's a box stall?