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post #11 of 16 Old 04-26-2012, 08:34 PM
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From what you wrote it sounds like you have a very good working relationship with your horse. My take on it is that he was probably confused or scared and looking for guidance when he turned to you, Give him the benefit of a doubt, he may not have been disrespectful at all, just trying to ask you a question.

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post #12 of 16 Old 04-26-2012, 08:42 PM
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Well I had a disapointing and frustrating day yesterday, sorry this is long. Have you ever thought you had taught a horse something only to find you were badly mistaken? Or thought you had no respect/trust issues and then found out you did?

My happy little bubble was burst yesterday when I went to load my 3 yo twh gelding for the first time. I have been doing groundwork with him and I thought we were doing very well. He will be going to a professional trainer soon for saddle training so I decided to introduce him to the trailer thinking it would be no big deal. Wrong. He walks up to the trailer fine but stops just short of stepping onto it. So I give him the go forward signal (I point in the direction I want him to go and cluck, if I need to I usually give a tap on the rear end) but no go. He swings his hindquarters off to the side so that he is facing me not the entrance to the trailer and plants his feet. I have never had this problem before, my other horse I taught to load does fine, I just point to the trailer and in he goes.

Obviously he does not respect or trust me enough to go in, I'm not blaming him I'm mostly just disapointed that I was so wrong about what I felt we could do. I have walked him on things that made noise before (bridges, tarps, concrete pads) and he did not hesitate so I am thinking that the fact that it is enclosed is what is making him leery.

Should I go back to doing more of the very basics (giving to pressure, backing up, etc) or should I start working on taking him in smaller and smaller spaces so that we build up the trust/confidence to get in the trailer? Thinking back now I realize that he does tend to rush through tight spaces like the alleyways near the barn. I'm really down/frustrated right now so I think someone elses point of view may help if anyone has advice.
Best way. I have found is lunging him around the trailer then give him the signal if he don't more lunging once he makes a move to go in let him rest once he backs up lunge again he will learn trailer means rest be paitent hope. This helps
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post #13 of 16 Old 04-26-2012, 08:46 PM
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I've also seen Clinton Anderson do lunging exercises to encourage a horse to load. I've been told it works - but have no personal experience using it.[/QUOTE]

This is exactaly what I'm refering to
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post #14 of 16 Old 04-26-2012, 09:30 PM
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Bummer...you were so close and just didn't know it. When he does that swing butt off to the side thing, back him up a few steps and yield his hindquarters aggresively both ways, then try to load him again. Lather, rinse, repeat. After a few times he'll catch on to the cause/effect thing and load no problem.

Sure we've all been there. You don't know what you don't know.

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post #15 of 16 Old 04-26-2012, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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SUCESS! He is in the trailer as we speak. He seems to think its a cool place after I drug out the monster 4 horse trailer and took the back tack compartment out. I have "sent " him places on a lunge line before with no trouble but it didn't work with the trailer. Once the back was more open he walked in wih me leading at his side like usual.
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post #16 of 16 Old 04-26-2012, 09:40 PM
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SUCESS! He is in the trailer as we speak. He seems to think its a cool place after I drug out the monster 4 horse trailer and took the back tack compartment out. I have "sent " him places on a lunge line before with no trouble but it didn't work with the trailer. Once the back was more open he walked in wih me leading at his side like usual.
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Who knew! Imlucky my horse will walk into anything he sees me go into. But I'm not so lucky with my other horses.. He's the only one I know like that!
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