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post #1 of 35 Old 10-01-2009, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Getting burro in the trailer

Ok, so its so annoying! My grandparents bought a five year old burro(radar) from the BLM and just let him do whatever. A year or two ago they got another burro gelding(blip), this one younger but still untrained. Well, its really annoying, there was a fire two or three weeks ago and they got evacuated so they brought the two burros, the horse, and the inside pets to our house. My aunt also brought her five horses, five dogs, and goat over as well. After two days everyone left. EXCEPT Radar!!!! Everyone will get into the trailer except him! We have a huge two horse straight load (its draft sized and this burro is 10hh) We have tried for hours trying to get him in and no luck. We are amazed they got him in the first time and now he wont...He is scared of water so we have lined him up to the trailer and hosed him down, we have tried blindfolding him and pushing him in, we have even let my uncle(he was getting VERY annoyed) beat his butt with the parrelli carrot stick, and he doesn't move!!! At a couple different times he has been to the point where we had to stop because he was rolling his eyes to the back of his head. Its so scary but this burro is a pain in my a**! I can't ride outside the arena or walk Dozer outside the arena because he goes and starts kicking Dozer! We have been putting his food inside the trailer and he doesn't eat it! He steals Dozer and Barts food and that has to stop because Bart needs medicine and Im worried he is eating it! Any suggestions? Sorry for the novel ...

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post #2 of 35 Old 10-01-2009, 12:32 PM
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If this is going to like a 'one' time thing. Force him in. Does he halter? If so, have a lead attached and have it in the trailer, but someone hold it from the outside. Get a butt rope, maybe several, around his butt and (depending on the number of people) and pull that against him.

If not, I have no idea. That's how we got my friend's donkey loaded, and a stubborn gelding in times of rush.
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He leads up until he is a foot or two away from the trailer then he freezes. We would force him in but my grandparents want him to be comfortable with the trailer. To tell the truth I don't think they want him back. Ugh!

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Shoot him or do it right but stop torturing him. You have listed about the cruelest and least effective methods of loading an animal that exist. If you sell the burro make sure to tell the new owners that it's been abused by some ignorant handlers.

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We are not bad people and those are the last resort things that we did. We have been trying to walk him in trying to lure him in with food and treats, we have put other horses in, everything, we have run out of options. And no, he is not abused no we are not ignorant. My trainer was the one who suggested blindfold and also suggested beating and scaring him in. No we did not go full on with any of those things like she instructed(I don't like her so I tend to not listen) we are not mean people we are simply listening and trying things that people say will work. And if we are doing it so wrongly, why don't you tell me how to do it right?

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Maybe park the trailer in the area where he is usually fed/kept. That could be a good way to get him accustomed to seeing it/being around it. Maybe put his feed next to the trailer. Only when he is comfortable with the trailer will you be able to take the next step to get him to walk in it. Obviously something horrifying happened to him in a trailer, animals don't act like that just because they're stubborn.

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We had a mare that was terrified of the trailer, My dad got her loaded in 30 mins (people who brought her to us said they had to sedate her) by just lunging her with the trailer door open the closer she got to the door the more rest she got. She soon got the idea that trailer ment rest and hopped in.

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If he was from the BLM, he was in a trailer before. How do think THEY got him in? I garuntee you it wasn't with treats!! It doesn't make people ignorant! My trainer has done that too, but I say do the butt rope thing. The donkey won't do silly stiff like the horse.

I would also like to know what Kevin had in mind as 'the right way'. And how he would go around getting the animal into a trailer.
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If he was from the BLM, he was in a trailer before. How do think THEY got him in? I garuntee you it wasn't with treats!! It doesn't make people ignorant! My trainer has done that too, but I say do the butt rope thing. The donkey won't do silly stiff like the horse.

I would also like to know what Kevin had in mind as 'the right way'. And how he would go around getting the animal into a trailer.
Everyone has their different way of doing things, I personally wouldn't want to shove him in with ropes and brute force either. You can't solve the problem that way, you're just adding to it. Anyone who has trained an animal before knows this. With proper training and patience the burro will load.

Here is an alternative example to force (there are tons of these tutorials out there): Loading the Scared Horse

Icrazy, my advice is STOP FORCING HIM. It's simply not going to work (as you have already seen). If you have him so terrified that his eyes are rolling back into his head you've got a serious issue. Put yourself in his situation, how absolutely petrified would you be if you were blindfolded and dragged to a place you didn't know while being slapped on the hind end all at the same time? I think your eyes would be rolling back into your head too. To solve this problem and avoid future issues with loading (and I'm almost certain this burro will need to be loaded again) you've got to do it as kevinshorses said; the 'right' way, thus, teaching the little guy that a trailer is not scary and there is no reason to hesitate walking into one.

That's just my two cents.

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I'm with dashygirl and and kevinshorses. So far, you have managed to make your job a TON worse. And if you don't like your trainer, get a new one. Especially if she suggested you beat and force him in. What really gets me though is that you tried to scare him in with water? So not only was he afraid of the trailer and water to begin with, now he's even more terrified of the trailer and water.

You need to make the trailer a good thing. If you can't handle being patient enough to deal with this, then find someone who will be patient and kind. Get him used to the trailer. Park it in the grassiest place you can find, and hand graze him near by. Work with him on his ground manners, get him to trust you. You have the oppurtunity to do something great for this guy, so do it, and do it right.

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