Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
Do you have anywhere you can attach a bucket of grain, or perhaps a haynet? When I was still having troubles trailering, my mare would be totally fine with getting on and being tied up, but as soon as I stepped off the trailer she'd start freaking out. She always ignored the haynet, but I then put a bucket of grain in the trailer with her and she's never had a problem since because she's too focused on eating.
If she's only been trailered once before, chances are she's just not used to it. Take her in there as much as you possibly can-if she freaks out when you go to close it up, don't do that. Just stand in there for a while with her and then back her off. Keep any doors and windows open. Lots and lots and lots of times. The more you do it, the more it'll seem like no big deal to her. Eventually move up to shutting the door and leaving her in there, but she may right now, like my horse did, feel that you are abandoning her when you leave and then they get claustrophobic and scared. We only have an open stock trailer, so I've never had to use bum bars or anything like that, but I imagine she just feels confined and trapped in them, and that's why she's scared.
Last edited by ilyTango; 04-28-2010 at 08:35 AM.