I didnt own a trailer at that time so the only one I had was a friends that I would have to pick up way across town and bring it to the barn. I practiced with him once on loading when I had the trailer and I first tried just walking him in and he plants his feet. He doesn't act scared but he got away with so much before he tests alot. Atleast if he would step on the ramp I would praise and let him stand there. If he refused I lunged him outside the trailer and the trailer was the 'resting area'. Finally after about 15 minutes he would walk right on and off no issues.
I moved him in February. (Everytime I've moved this horse the same trailer has been used. It's a roomy older Shoop). I expected to argue with him for alittle but to my surprise he walked right on. (Only with the divider swung open though). But then he backed out frantically out of the trailer almost hitting his head. He wasnt scared or anything. So we tried again and my friend had to get the buttbar up real fast so he wouldn't fly out again. Once his butt touches the bar he'll lean on it alittle but respects it.
How do I fix him flying out of the trailer? I have a feeling he's just being a brat or something happend to him once. I do have a strong feeling he was very mishandled in his younger years.
I won't be able to practice for awhile as my trailer is being completely redone but once its finished I'm practicing everyday. Any input?
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