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Advice on Floating a 10month Colt.

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        02-09-2010, 11:25 AM
    Green Broke
    Here I thought we were talking about teeth floating.
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        02-09-2010, 11:51 AM
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    GAHHHH wrong person signed in...AGAIN...I really need to start checking...not sure why the site automatically signs her in all the time? I was just on half an hour ago and she's not home so it *should've* been me?
        02-09-2010, 11:53 AM
    Originally Posted by churumbeque    
    Here I thought we were talking about teeth floating.
    LOL that's what I thought at first too! I was like, why would a 10 month old colt need his teeth done??? Clarified in my first reply so I knew what I was talking about though...
        02-09-2010, 08:44 PM
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    Sorry dudeski - it's this Mozilla Firefox. I'm still learning how to use it. I just noticed it ALWAYS signs me in automatically. I haven't signed myself in for days. I'll work with it, haha.

    Anyway, as a rule, I find 99% of horses who have never loaded will actually load just fine if they've never had a bad experience. This is essentially where the older horse comes in for me - I want to make SURE that first time goes right, so I always trailer (float) my youngsters with a seasoned pro the first time. Both Playboy and Zierra walked right into the trailer for the first time as a 3 year old and a 4 year old without batting an eyelash - I had Playboy's best friend loaded, and I had Zierra's dam loaded.

    Jynx loaded not bad, but she couldn't see the horses in front, and she'd been loaded before so she took some time and coaxing - she finally went in with some oats and a butt rope, she but she was wild and scared about it (snorting, spinning around, blowing).

    So if you're not using an older horse just make SURE you take your time - that first load (float) essentially sets up your horse up for life and determines what kind of loader he'll be.
        02-09-2010, 11:22 PM
    If the horse is younger, I would say that having an older horse would help, but it would be much better if it were someone that the baby already knew, not just a show up with another horse already in the trailer, and hope that baby hops in and takes confidence from a horse he's never met. As long as you don't make a big deal out of it, he shouldn't really have any problems. I had always been told over the years that in order to get a horse that loads well, you have to spend hours of time trailer training them, and working with them, so when I first worked my horse around a trailer, a week before I brought her home, I kind of expected fireworks or something, but she was actually pretty okay. On the day of the actual trailering, I stupidly lightly sedated her, as that was what the current trainer at that barn strongly recommended, and I really wish I hadn't. If she hadn't been sedated I think that she would have loaded just fine, but being sedated, she really couldn't think about anything that was going on, so she started getting a bit frustrated. She still loaded pretty easily, and once I got her home, she actually jumped back into the trailer when I was unloading her. She apparently didn't want to come out and meet the world. I also made sure that I has someone who was very experienced at hauling horses move her. A lot of the battle is the drive once you get the horse in. Try to make the trip as smooth as possible. Obviously some bumps, and stuff you can't avoid, but try to break very gradually as to not throw the horse against the sides of the trailer, take turns very slowly so the horse can adjust himself properly, as he doesn't have his "trailer legs" yet. And make sure you tell him he was a good boy when you get to where you are going.

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