Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
If the horse went in fine before and there were no bad instances when trailering, I don't think it has anything to do with the trailer itself. I doubt that the horse thinks he's too big for it and that he doesn't like the trailer itself.
It is possible that he knows that when he gets trailered, he has to work when he gets to the destination. Does he have a hard time going in to come back home?
I wouldn't use food or treats to bribe him to go in. That can easily cause worse issues later on. He can figure out that if he refuses other things, you'll give him a treat to do what you want. He'll end up being the one calling the shots.
Honestly, I think you need to step and take charge of the situation. He needs to do what you ask without questioning it. It shouldn't matter what type of trailer you use.
Don't think of it as getting him to want to be in there. Of course they aren't going to want to go in and they aren't going to want to work either. If we let them have the choice, they would choose to be in a pasture eating all day.
When I work with a horse on trailering, I want them to choose to be in the trailer. Not that they want to be in there but that they'd rather be in there. Once I get that idea across, I don't have much problem no matter what trailer I put them in. Work them outside the trailer and let them rest inside. Don't use treats, hay or feed as their reward. Getting to rest and maybe a rub is reward enough for them.
Practice over several days until its no longer an issue. Take charge and be the one in control and a leader for the horse.
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