So as I mentioned in a previous thread, I thought my horse hated his new trailer. Today I found out it's worse than I thought. Two weeks ago, my horse gave me a hard time about standing in his new trailer long enough for me to get the butt bar up. Today, we went to a clinic. He was a bit reluctant to go in when we were leaving, but a little giggle of grain did the trick. We did our clinic, had a great time, and then proceeded to spend close to 2 hours trying to get him into the trailer. It took 4 of us working a series of butt pulleys, crops, and someone inside steering to get him in. I am so bummed.
Before this trailer, he has previously been in a featherlite straight load with ramp, and three different slant load step ups all with no issues whatsoever. He practically self loaded. I just don't get it.
I have two options. I can resell this trailer and try something else, or put a ramp on this one which I think may be the cause of his dislike, but who the hell knows. At $4.25 for gas, I can't afford to keep bringing the truck up to barn just to hook it to the trailer so we can practice loading. Feeding him in it everyday for a few weeks is not an option because he is at a boarding stable.
Since I have no idea of why he hates this thing, which option makes more sense? Sell it or modify it and hope it's just a ramp issue?