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post #1 of 18 Old 08-07-2012, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Can get my horse on the trailer! Help! Show in 4 days!

Okay, so my TB gelding has just recently decided he doesn't want to be trailered anymore. He loaded on and off fine when I took him to camps, and to lessons. I was about to leave for a schooling show when he decided he doesn't want to anymore. We tried everything from a leadrope behind his butt from scaring him in. I even tried some Natural Horsemanship, but he's just not having it. I asked my friend, and she said to try outsmarting him, but I have no idea how to go about that. He's currently in the arena with the truck and trailer parked with all his food inside, with water outside, he'd rather starve. I need help ASAP! I have a Mini Trial in 4 days and a USPC rating in 11. Willing to try anything.
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post #2 of 18 Old 08-07-2012, 01:17 PM
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I have posted this link before but these videos are very similar to the way I train my horses to load and it works very very well. It will also give you things that will improve your ground work with your horse.

http://www.lifesajourneystopoften.com/

Then click on videos.

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post #3 of 18 Old 08-07-2012, 01:25 PM
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You better get busy or you are going to be leading that horse to the show! Bet you have a straight haul?
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post #4 of 18 Old 08-07-2012, 02:09 PM
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In four days you can easily teach a horse to trailer... the food in the trailer is great, it helps but it doesn't train a horse it only familiarizes it. As your horse has already trailered it needs no familiarization, to train it you are going to have to PUT it in the trailer and get it to stay... lots of great techniques out there, but you need to get going.. prolly going to take several hours over multiple days.
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post #5 of 18 Old 08-07-2012, 02:40 PM
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get an apple or carrot and put it close to the horses mouth so he can smeel it and wen he tries 2 take a bite move it closer and this will bribe him to move forward
also try a salt lick and let him lick that then lead him to tthe trailer
remember, dont make it a scary place and horses can only think about one thing
you may want to join up with your horse so he trusts you more
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post #6 of 18 Old 08-07-2012, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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It's a 3 horse slant load, he's just stubborn. We're making progress. Going to try some more in an hour or so. Thank you everyone!
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post #7 of 18 Old 08-07-2012, 03:20 PM
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That is very odd then. I would check to make sure to see if something in there isn't hurting him, like cracked plastic on the dividers, wiring shocks once you're on the road (you would have to ride in the trailer to find this out, having the driver brake, signal, etc, but avoid a public road, probably illegal), also if you are hauling him in the front compartment of a three horse, there might not be enough room for him, common is some 3 horse slants. I removed the 1st divider in my slant, my horse is more comfy that way, never ever refuses to load nor would I give him any reason by stuffing him into that 1st spot. Things to consider anyways, Good luck!
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post #8 of 18 Old 08-07-2012, 03:22 PM
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I refuse to brib a animal be it horse or dog to do anything B/C there is always a time when it comes down to they MUST do it and you do not have a treat and they know it. Then what?

Your the leader. Lead.

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post #9 of 18 Old 08-07-2012, 07:21 PM
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I'm reminded of this. I watch it every so often just to help keep myself honest. Dude is dead-on, imo.

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post #10 of 18 Old 08-07-2012, 07:31 PM
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I'm reminded of this. I watch it every so often just to help keep myself honest. Dude is dead-on, imo.

Ricky Quinn Clinic; Goldfield Ranch; Oct, 09 - YouTube
Talented Brannaman protage' there. Thanks for posting this.

"If your horse doesn't respect you then forget about your horse liking you. Further, if your horse doesn't respect you then all you are is a nutrition source . . . just like the grass on the ground." ....Buck Brannaman

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