Of late I've been having trouble getting my mare on the float to come home. Leaving home she goes straight on first time. Almost puts herself on.
It all started about 4 outings ago. It took 1 1/2 hours to get her on the float. The next time, 1 hour. The next 45 minutes and then yesterday another hour.
I don't understand her problem. She has floated tonnes of times and I would think that if she was scared she wouldnt go on at home either.
When she wont go on I stay calm (one of my virtues) and just keep persisting. I wont use a bum rope or anything else to force her on. If anything I will kinda swing the rope a little to get her moving forward but then she goes sideways so I don't do that much at all.
She will put her front feet on and at the point I just stop and let her settle there so she can see nothing is going to eat her and then I ask her to move forward again. She will take two steps up and then nick off backwards or sideways. Whichever she feels like.
Im pretty passive so its always pretty calm but I just can't get her to go on without a hassle. Once we got home yesterday I tried to get her to go on and off a couple of times but she wouldnt do it again. Even though I didnt want to I stopped without her getting on as she was getting too stressed and worked up.
Has anyone else had this problem? Or even any ideas on why she might be doing it would help to.