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post #21 of 25 Old 05-11-2013, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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There is no way I can borrow a bigger trailer. It's vasicly limited to mine and my friends which are the same size.
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post #22 of 25 Old 05-14-2013, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Roadyy View Post
I think what toto is trying to say is that if you borrow a trailer big enough to walk the horse into and then do a 180 and walk the horse back out head first to the point the horse is waiting to be head pointed at the door then it won't be constantly wanting to back out. It thinks that it has to be facing the door to get out.

I understand that training thought, but don't understand how it works once you are back to a straight load trailer that doesn't have the option to do that. Wouldn't that make them hard to back out because they are expecting you to show them the forward motion to exit the trailer? Then having to retrain again?

I am going to be doing a refresher course with all five of my horses once I get this trailer rebuilt from all of the cancer in it. It's an older 2 horse straight load. I do plan on parking the trailer in the pasture with the doors open and hay up in the feeder shelf. I will go out there after a week of it being next to the hay ring and start working on their loading, staying loaded with the other horses walking all around the trailer and unloading them.
i dont have a problem with a straight load trailer when i load mine-- i can spin them around and go out (head first) or back them out fine.

This horse dont have a backing issue or id be thinkin the same way-- its his impatience thats the problem (from the sounds of it) and i would turn him (U turn like) to get him thinkin somethin different.

Hell still back out of the trailer when asked but he wont be so ancy to do it 5 seconds after being loaded. Basically hell think in another way and wont be anticipating backing out.
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post #23 of 25 Old 05-14-2013, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots View Post
I think it's a bit asinine to just sell the trailer because I can't circle him and turn in around in it. It's a two horse straight load that's just shy of 6 foot wide. Definitely not selling the trailer. Ill just keep researching and find what works for him...
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Extremely sensible approach, find out what works FOR YOU AND YOUR HORSE.

Big Ben was a complete and utter nightmare to load, we had all sorts of battles with all sorts of people helping, until we found the key. I was so proud of him this last weekend, loaded like a champion to go to his lesson, and on the way back. What was even better, we broke down, on the side of the road, and he stood in the trailer as calm and laid back as you like for 2 whole hours until rescue came. Tells me he no longer has issues, because read a lot, tried a lot, and found out what suited him.

Good luck op, you will find the answer, just try things until you do
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post #24 of 25 Old 05-14-2013, 05:20 PM
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I understand your limitations CWB. How long do you spend each time you are working with the horse in teaching loading? How many days a week are you able to commit to it? Depending on how strong its desire to keep the bad habit and your desire to break the habit will determine how long it continues. War of the wills if you will. lol
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post #25 of 25 Old 05-14-2013, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Roadyy View Post
I understand your limitations CWB. How long do you spend each time you are working with the horse in teaching loading? How many days a week are you able to commit to it? Depending on how strong its desire to keep the bad habit and your desire to break the habit will determine how long it continues. War of the wills if you will. lol
After weeks and working with my 3 horses and a World known horse vet staying with me and watching and using all sorts of you name it. 30 second load with happy horses and me. NOT an expert but I/WE stopped and found the problems that THREE horses had and changed our whole approach. The Vet learned too.

30 second load.
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