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        02-17-2014, 09:13 AM
    Extra Float Training Tips Required

    Hi all, I am very new to using a forum but can't seem to find the answer that Im looking for anywhere.
    Now that I have acquired a float I have been able to start to float train my horse that previously would never go within 20 feet of a float.
    He was literally terrified of them.
    After studying many many techniques I found that getting him into the float was the easy part.
    He will go in very willingly even at liberty with a point of my finger.
    I can jump around on the tailgate and bang on the float and he is still quite at ease with it all.
    But ... If I attempt to use the breaching chain (when I have the divider in) he panicks and runs back immediately,
    I havnt even got it close enough to think about trying to secure it.
    I have been trying to just hold the chain accross his rear but that is pointless, I can't hold it when he rushes back against it.
    With or without the divider, with or without another horse, If I attempt to lift the tailgate even if only 2 inches he does the same and is out like a shot,
    Although he will immediately go back in until I try to touch the tailgate again.
    I have been attempting this for weeks now with no success even though teaching him to go on only took 15 minutes.
    Any tips would be appreciated. Thankyou
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        02-17-2014, 09:27 AM
    So.. When you are standing near his head he is fine and dandy? Can you stand back near the rear of the rig without fiddling with the chain and he stays put?
        02-18-2014, 04:40 AM
    Hi Nina, He self loads himself into the float at the point and I don't have to be in or near the float. I can come into the float from front or behind, walk next to him, stand behind on the tailgate and jump around, kick it with my feet, just about anything and he wont move. Its only when I attempt in anyway to raise the tailgate or lift the breaching chain that he immediately runs back out. If I was to leave the float on the truck he wanders in and out himself all night - he is Now not scared of the float itself But the thought of being shut in there still terrifies him completely. Not sure what happened to him in the past to make him like it.

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