This has probably been the subject of 1,000 threads so far but couldn't find any that we're fairly similar to my situation.
When I got my gelding he loaded onto the guys 3 horse slant no issues. (not sure if he was drugged or not...)
When we moved him he loaded onto a 3 horse slant no issues again. (different trailer then the first one) but when he got off he was dripping sweat around his neck and seemed a bit freaked out. The ride was less then 5 minutes and we went right down the road. We were infront of the trailer so not sure if something bad happend or what. But the ride was literally 5 minutes.
Then we bought ourselves a nice 2 horse straight load gooseneck. It's pretty nice, definitely big enough for him too.
He will go right up to the trailer but won't go up any further. Sometimes he will step in halfway look around, then back out.
The last time I tried practicing loading with him the day we actualy needed him to load he completely refused to go anywhere near the trailer.
The time I didn't practice he loaded within 20 minutes with some coaxing with grain.
Now, I have to move my two on Tuesday and I practiced alittle bit yesterday but didn't push anything. He would come right up to the ramp and then put on the brakes. He's not scared, just being extremely stubborn. My pony who got into a trailer accident surprisingly loads with little coaxing. I only tried loading her though with the divider pushed to the side because she only has one eye.
I also forgot to add that when he's on the trailer he's okay but a bit ancy. But once we start moving he starts pouring sweat. I mean the last time when he loaded within 20 minutes on our way home we stopped at a gas station and it looked like a sauna in the trailer. (it was 30/40 degrees outside at the time) so he got himself super worked up.
Now it'll be a miracle if I can get them both in the trailer, but doubt it'll happen. So that means I'll have to load one drive to the new boarding barn, drop that one off in our private paddock which means that one will be alone until I get back with the other. Ugh!
Any tips and suggestions are welcome. I know I can try working him around the trailer and try to make him think the trailer is a 'happy place' but no matter how hard I try he just is stubborn and puts on the brakes.
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