My horse is very spooked by the trailer. She has only ridden in a trailer once in the last 4 years. And then once in the 5 years previous to that.
I have one in the front paddock that I am using to desensitise her. I peppered it with hay, all around, on the mudguards etc. She nervously approached and ate it all. Then did the bolt to the other end of the paddock! It was so funny. I have also been in it and had hay on the floor and she has stepped up into the trailer a few times, got some hay then backed out. Each time I walked out after she was out and stroked her and talked to her. SHe was fine, calm and fairly relaxed.
Yesterday I was standing in the trailer near the door. I wasn't sure whether I should work with her as I was quite wound up by the earthquake in NZ, I have a lot of family there but they are all fine. I just wondered if she would pick up on that and that would affect her. She was obviously stressed as she was pawing the ground and baring her teeth - yawning? I got the sense she would try and bite me, and she did try and nip my foot as she was sniffing around it. Should I have done something about it? I said No and stepped back. Probably the wrong thing! But given she was nervous and I was trying to encourage her to become comfortable and familiar with the trailer, I wasn't sure what I should do.
Any advice greatly appreciated!