Help! My horse thinks She's too big for the man door!
I recently moved my horses to a new barn. It is a small private facility, quiet and close to home. Today I was so happy to get out and ride, but when the time came to bring in my tall TB mare Lessa, I could not get her to come through the man door...
As some background she has always been shy about smaller doors. She didn't much care for the door into my parents barn and she was even hesitant about my old stall doors. She is a tall horse and since I have had her she has whacked her head a few times. She is not terrified of the door, she just plants her feet and looks at me like she thinks she wont fit, and yes when she lifts her head up and she is eyeing the top of the door she wont! Unfortunately this is the only door in the barn right now as the big sliding door is very frozen shut. She did go in the man door when I fist brought her there with very little hesitation, maybe it was because it was darker outside then inside when I arrived?
I've pulled on her, I've tried bribing her. I have lead her best horse friend right in in front of her. I've had someone behind her tapping her with a whip and non of it seems to make her interested in going in! I don't want to get too crazy becasue she will whack her head, but short of tugging on her for hours does anyone have a suggestion to get her in the door? Maybe I just won't be able to ride her until that big door thaws out and can be opened! It would however sure be nice to bring her in the barn now and then!