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    04-23-2013, 05:56 PM
Glad it all worked out. My mare was in a trailer accident before I got her, so there was a lot of work to be done there. Now, if she balks, I back her up, get firm & make her do a few circles, then she gets in. Took a long time to figure that one out. I tried the whole 'nice n quiet' thing, and it worked at first, but then she figured out we could do that forever. Now she just gets in, and just occasionally needs the visual aid of somebody standing behind her (doing nothing, except maybe holding an arm out) or, like I said, we do a few little circles.

It's great that now you get the chance to work out any trailer issues, and you'll get to know the horse & if he needs the quiet approach each time, or if a little stern talking to get the point of "get in" accross :)

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    04-23-2013, 06:06 PM
I posted this in another thread with the same problem:

Lot's of ideas and different ways to load a horse. Days of feeding in the trailer and moving the grain in a little more each day. He quickly learned that he could rush in, get a mouthful and back out before I could hook him up and being that I'm in an awkward position, no way could I hold him. My problem with him, and my other two horses, was that they would back out. SOOO....

I used a longer lead and fed my end through my center divider at the lower point in the front. Lower since the horse would rear some and hit his head and found that the head tie down hook was to high. I then kinda wrapped the lead under the divider that gave me enough leverage that the horse could not back out. Horse relaxes and I take in more line until the horse is in and now easy to hook up. After a few times doing this, my horses know that they can not back out and it takes me less then 30 seconds to load them. And they know that hay and grain are waiting for them.

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    05-09-2013, 10:47 PM
Last year when starting out a 3 yo filly, the first couple of days into the trailer were quite uneventful when transporting to the training location. But on the 4th or 5th day the brakes came on at the ramp. I worked for 15 minutes or so before sending a message to the trainer I was having loading problems. He eventually came down and did some loading training. First he cinched the halter as tight as possible to locate it right behind the ears. Using a long lead rope he had me at the top of the ramp with the rope around my butt and applying steady pressure on the rope. He then used a second lead rope - soft cotton - and spun it behind her occasionally making contact with her rear. Just as soon as she made any forward motion, we would stop for a few seconds and let her rest, then do it again. Surprisingly she went in after about 4-5 rounds. Since then just cinching the halter tight and applying steady pressure - backing off as soon as she advanced - worked well. On stubborn days, all I would have to do is take the free end of the lead and spin it onto her back while standing at her head, and she was ready to go !
Since then I've used that on my gelding with the same results. Cinching the halter seems to be the trick.
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    05-09-2013, 10:55 PM
Haha I think we have misunderstood the purpose for this post... Oh well. :) I was just wondering if you guys allow others to "help" you with your horse with anything really. I took him home and loaded him the next day in 5 minutes with no issues at all. I was just wondering what you guys would have done in the situation. I now know that I should have just asked to do it myself. But I guess we live and learn, right?
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    05-10-2013, 07:39 AM
Originally Posted by MooseDragon    
Haha I think we have misunderstood the purpose for this post... Oh well. :) I was just wondering if you guys allow others to "help" you with your horse with anything really. I took him home and loaded him the next day in 5 minutes with no issues at all. I was just wondering what you guys would have done in the situation. I now know that I should have just asked to do it myself. But I guess we live and learn, right?
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I found that with help, too many things going on and became more difficult. So when I load I ask others to stand away. It takes me 30 seconds per horse doing it myself.
    05-10-2013, 07:51 AM
Other ideas and some photos in this thread here in Horse Forums.

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    05-10-2013, 08:21 AM
loading an unwilling horse.

Ok this will help you to load your horse go about it in a calm mannor as the horse will fight even moor being wiped ect.
Ok have you 2 lunge lines.
Right your looking at the back in to your trailer and the ramp is down.
Atach a lungline to each side of the trailer were the ramp goes up and bring your horse foward towards the ramp.
With 2 helpers one holding a lunge line each will cross them behind the horse and don't for get your self have a titbit to feed the horse as much as it bugs you about your horse playing up keep calm.
Coax your horse forward and as he moves forward as the lunge lines cross his quaters as he walks foeward you restrict his options so he has to go inside.
Be calm and talk to your horse and feed your horse have an apple as a titbit cut in to quaters.
Your horse should load with no issues at all.
Once your horse is inside feed him as an reward.
Mine play up the same so I use that option but when tammy was alive they both went up togeather with no issues what so ever but he has lost his partner so I coax him that way.
Let us know how you get on and keep us in the loop.
    05-10-2013, 10:01 AM
Sometimes I ask for help (usually just stand (back) behind the horse & hold an arm out) but it makes me really upset when people start helping without being asked, or when they tell you "you're doing it wrong!" Lol
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