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        02-24-2009, 10:49 AM
      #31
    Yearling
    With the head shaking thing I would assume that she's bonked her head really badly before. Firstly I would make sure that she has one of those head bumper things for her halter during trailer training and leg wraps. I wouldn't suggest shipping boots because they are a little looser and could get tangled.

    Anyway...what I would do is...if you can get access to the trailer for like a month... Feed her a little grain and grass hay on the edge of the trailer. Then slowly move the hay farther and farther in. (MAKE SURE THE TRAILER IS HOOKED TO A TRUCK!) I did this with a 2 year old who had never been in a trailer before. It got to the point where she loved the trailer so much that she was annoying about it. The owners had the trailer parked in a paddock area...and when I would be cleaning it out she would jump in there with me and start searching for food.
         
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        02-24-2009, 01:04 PM
      #32
    Foal
    I have no idea of her past history because I only had her since the summer. What do I do know that I no her problem? Do I asscociate the trailer with food? I'm very confused and I don't know what to do with her! Any more help? I'm sorry I'm asking so much but I really need to know how to help her with her problem so I can trailer up to do lessons and showing. =( Please?
         
        02-24-2009, 01:36 PM
      #33
    Started
    You need to do TONS of approach and retreat with her to build her confidence. So as you walk her toward the trailer at the MOMENT you feel her tense STOP. If she can stand calmly then let her and after a minute TAKE HER AWAY. If she can't stand quietly immediately take her away back to a place where she is calm. The worst thing you could do is push her toward the trailer. Because this sounds like a pretty extreme case this is going to take time so have unlimited patience :) Eventually when you get to the trailer allow her to sniff it and investigate for as long as she wants. If she doesn't want to sniff it then just sit down on the ramp/inside the door and hang out with her. What this will show her is that you have no intention to load her (because IT'S NOT ABOUT THE TRAILER). It's about her confidence. This will blow her mind and will boost her confidence in you. When you see her completely relax take her away and then re-approach.
         
        02-24-2009, 01:43 PM
      #34
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by equestrian_rider465    
    I have no idea of her past history because I only had her since the summer. What do I do know that I no her problem? Do I asscociate the trailer with food? I'm very confused and I don't know what to do with her! Any more help? I'm sorry I'm asking so much but I really need to know how to help her with her problem so I can trailer up to do lessons and showing. =( Please?
    Have you actually tried to load her?
         
        02-25-2009, 11:24 AM
      #35
    Foal
    Yes I have actually tried to load her before but all she would do is rear and move away from the trailer. When she would make it partially through she would back up as fast as she could and would rear. It took atleast three hours to get her on the first time and we had no choice because it was a show and we had no other trailer. We tried to load her another time but we didn't have enough time so we had to bring her back to the barn.

    I really like Spirithorse's solution. I think that she might be more willing to do that because nothing else, (not even her favourite treats or food) would get her in the trailer. I haven't had a lot of time to spend with her because I have A LOT of things I need to do. I'm going out today to ride her. Should I try to get her used to the trailer after I'm done riding her, or will that just make her more afraid of it? Thank you for the help.
         
        02-25-2009, 12:04 PM
      #36
    Weanling
    Yeah, do it after you ride. She'll have exerted any excess energy. She'll learn. :) Just take baby steps. Don't think because you are making some progress that you get into a hurry. Always be safe than sorry so that she doesn't relapse.
         
        02-25-2009, 12:55 PM
      #37
    Foal
    Okay, thank you for all of your help. I'll keep you updated on the progress. I promise to take baby steps! =]
         
        02-25-2009, 07:43 PM
      #38
    Started
    Good luck :) Let us know how it goes!
         
        04-12-2009, 08:28 PM
      #39
    Foal
    I know this thread is pretty old but I have some news about her past history in trailers.

    She came from Timmins and when she was younger the owners would always baby her. So when Grace said, "I don't want to go into the Trailer!" they would say "Okay you don't have to." and leave it at that.
    Now, when the previous owners had bought her they needed her to get in the trailer. So this time when Grace said "No" they said "Yes". It took them at least five hours and a lunge whip to get her on the trailer. When she arrived to the place where she was supposed to be, she was all cut up and bruised so I can see why she's terribly afriad of trailers. Just thought I should tell you in case some of this info could help.

    PS. Brought her up to the trailer. Didn't load her but she seemed pretty comfortable around it. Then she tried to step on to the ramp but considering how clumsy she is her hoof always didn't get on the ramp. =P
         
        04-12-2009, 11:19 PM
      #40
    Started
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
    You need to do TONS of approach and retreat with her to build her confidence. So as you walk her toward the trailer at the MOMENT you feel her tense STOP. If she can stand calmly then let her and after a minute TAKE HER AWAY. If she can't stand quietly immediately take her away back to a place where she is calm. The worst thing you could do is push her toward the trailer. Because this sounds like a pretty extreme case this is going to take time so have unlimited patience :) Eventually when you get to the trailer allow her to sniff it and investigate for as long as she wants. If she doesn't want to sniff it then just sit down on the ramp/inside the door and hang out with her. What this will show her is that you have no intention to load her (because IT'S NOT ABOUT THE TRAILER). It's about her confidence. This will blow her mind and will boost her confidence in you. When you see her completely relax take her away and then re-approach.
    I agree with this .. get a day that you have NOTHING to get to and spend some time on this .. my friends dad is the mater at getting horses in trailers because he is in no rush at all .. he will take as much time as needed and do exactly what Spirit said above- those little steps are what matter. Also if you can work with her for a week- a little each day that will also work wonders ...

    Best of luck and remember that you are her mom and she is scared so love on her all kinds!
         

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