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  • My horse is afraid of the trailer when it is moving
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    12-31-2010, 02:26 AM
  #1
Weanling
Afraid of the trailer?

Callaway isn't the happiest camper when he has to go in the trailer. He will go in, but he is always nervous and he sweats and well it's just not fun. I usually give him rescue remedy for his trailering trips, but it doesn't help too much. Any suggestions of what I could do to help him out?
     
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    12-31-2010, 02:32 AM
  #2
Banned
As he goes in, you have less of a problem than those horses who do not go in.
Do it daily, as often as you can, feed him in there and build up from that. When he is comfortable being fed, hayed in there, move him up to a 1 min ride and just build up. It is not legal, but I have ridden in the trailer before in the area that is in front of the bars, talk to him, feed him, just give him some time as we do with every other training issue and he should get over it.
     
    12-31-2010, 02:36 AM
  #3
Weanling
Well.. we've definitely had our challenges getting him in too. He's gone in the past 4 times no problem. When I try to feed him in the trailer he is just really distracted I guess? He will eat, but he's not really interested.
     
    12-31-2010, 02:39 AM
  #4
Banned
I just moved my horse to field board where he has a large tent type structure for his shelter. He was the same way at first and every time it flapped in the wind, he freaked and ran out. The pull of the feed was enough to bring him back into it, even though he missed a feed getting there, oh well, he was hungry enough next time to cope better. Now snow can fall off the top of the shelter and I move thinking he will, and he does not. Now it is a safe place to him.
     
    12-31-2010, 05:54 AM
  #5
Trained
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Originally Posted by UnrealJumper    
Well.. we've definitely had our challenges getting him in too. He's gone in the past 4 times no problem. When I try to feed him in the trailer he is just really distracted I guess? He will eat, but he's not really interested.
Four times in the trailer is only a fleeting moment in the lifetime of a horse. As others have said, the more you do it and as time goes by he'll relax more and more. Our 16 yr old lead mare/penner has been trailered so many times that she'll walk right in on her own regardless of size or type of trailer it is.
     
    12-31-2010, 05:01 PM
  #6
Weanling
I agree, it takes a lot more than four times to be certain he'll go in every time.

Quote: Our 16 yr old lead mare/penner has been trailered so many times that she'll walk right in on her own regardless of size or type of trailer it is.

That's pretty awesome. We have an old arab and all you have to do is put him in view of the trailer and say "Kennel!" and he'll trot right in by himself
     
    12-31-2010, 10:50 PM
  #7
Trained
Being able to get him in there at least is a huge step ahead of many others! As PaintHorseMares said above, 4 times in nothing. Try to take him for a drive at least twice a week. Making sure that your driving is not the problem - brake gently well before corners, take corners wide, avoid accelerating/braking suddenly etc. etc.
Once it becomes routine for him he will become less worried about being in there.

You could also try travelling him with another horse if your float permits. This will often calm a nervous traveller, just make sure you pick a very quiet, seasoned traveller to 'hold his hand' for the first few times.
Avoid taking him to shows/lessons for now, as you don't want him to start associating travelling with the stress of these events.
     
    01-01-2011, 05:20 AM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Avoid taking him to shows/lessons for now, as you don't want him to start associating travelling with the stress of these events.
I agree with this....get as much 'simple' practice of loading/unloading/short practice trips as possible. As frustrating as it can be when you have trouble loading a horse at home, it is a lot more frustrating to be 50 miles from home in the rain, cold, and dark with a horse that won't load for the trip back home. Trust me...I've stayed behind in the dark after many trail rides helping folks load their horses for the trip back home...and it's not fun at all.
     
    01-02-2011, 06:46 PM
  #9
Weanling
Thanks for the advice everyone, much appreciated!
We've been trailering him about 5-10 min to the indoor arena close by. Since I don't board we have to trailer. He wasn't as sweaty the last time we went, yay!
     

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