Backing out of slant load trailer for parade..
This past Saturday I rode Arabella in the downtown St. Louis St. Patricks Day parade with my ranch and she did awesome! Here are a few pictures from the parade..BUT she didn't do so awesome with trailering. She is great with loading, I can just point and she hops in since we've been practicing a lot. We practice in a 4 horse slant load without the tack compartment in the back and a wider door, like the 2nd trailer picture. She backs out of that just fine even when it is a big step down. However, she got assigned to the slant load with the tack room in the back for this parade like the 1st picture. She loaded into this one okay, not perfect like when we practice, as she was alittle hesitant with the narrower opening but still went right in. When we finally got downtown to unload, she would not back out of this trailer. She refused to move and tried to turn around but she's a big horse so there was no way to turn around. Took about 30 minutes with alot of frustration that I know made her even more terrified. We were all stressed and in a hurry to get to the parade staging area. So my question is, any ideas on how to work on this with her? I know it was out of fear, and it will take patience, but I'm worried if I put her back in this trailer to practice she won't get out before I have to leave the barn, without going through all this frustration again?
"Don't flatter yourself cowboy..I was lookin at your horse."