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        08-01-2010, 12:01 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    Oh and you make is a low pressure environment, no harsh words, and the whip should just be hit lightly, just so its annoying but not putting pressure on him, when people are behind and smacking the but horses freak because they can't see back there and its just an invisible monster attacking them.
         
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        08-01-2010, 12:05 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    So I read you have already tried the poll pressure and to clarify what I meant don't use it to pull him, he just gets the pressure if he pulls back.
         
        08-01-2010, 12:56 AM
      #13
    Foal
    Jacksmama- yep.. before each show, we buy a family pack of oats and honey bars... Doesn't work.

    Saddlebredgrl- Thanks! I will try that for sure.

    Kchfuller- Tried that... after a lot of asking, I increase the pressure / demand and he rears up :/ Last time he flipped backwards... He's far too expensive to have broken :/ it is a slant load, and if I just stay calm and just walk in, he will walk up halfway, then do that super fast reining back up... Even with a buttrope.

    Scoutrider- that worked once... The second approach at it, after going back, and he would get more stubborn about backing, then I couldn't get him further, so we were just gaining distance each time. Then I would back him more, and further problems...

    Justkeepriding- He won't get bored, we spent three hours with me leaned against the trailer, light light pressure on his nose, and not even a flick of the ear for 2 1/2 hours, then he took a step forward. We did spend almost literally all day trying it the calm way.. But I will have to start incorporating the trailer into daily works.

    Bandera- I see where you are coming from, and that would work... Really well!! IF... He didn't rear and flip over backwards at poll pressure :/ But, I haven't tried 'le ol' annoying fly trick yet... That I will do tomorrow :)
         
        08-01-2010, 01:02 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    Hmm... Flipped over backward from poll pressure... interesting lol! Well like I said, the horse will apply his own poll pressure, don't apply it on him unless you are doing the walk to stop thing so its in a low stress situation so maybe he will learn the pressure is not something to rear away from... Hmm... Well message me and tell me how it goes! I hope it works for you!
         
        08-01-2010, 11:32 AM
      #15
    Started
    When he starts to fly backwards what happens if you have someone back there with a whip smacking him to go fwd?

    What prompts him to fly backwards?
         
        08-01-2010, 07:55 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Bandera- Yeah.. He's a rearer :/ I can't put much pressure on him at all or he spooks.

    Kchfuller- I see where you are coming from, but he is overly whip shy, and I can try it, but, knowing his personality all too well, he would probably go back down on his feet, but bolt in a new direction.
         
        08-01-2010, 08:51 PM
      #17
    Started
    Hmmmm ... what about feeding him both meals every day in the trailer?
         
        08-01-2010, 11:17 PM
      #18
    Foal
    AH I'm so excited! So all my patience has paid off, i've been wanting to actually send my horse in the trailer and tonight I lead him in once, and then let him rest, and tried to send him in and he did it three times!! Oh and with an audience.

    I'm all for the seven days of just letting him play with the trailer and let it be his idea to go in. The last trainer I had work with him said he is the hardest horse she has ever had. I'm so excited. I really think if your horse is that sensitive is it really a bad thing for him to think the trailer is a toy? My horse thinks it a giant jungle gym, and grant it he sucks at getting in when it's time to come home from shows, but we don't have time to work with that yet. I also feed him his grain in the trailer. I don't anymore but at the beginning I did.
         
        08-01-2010, 11:59 PM
      #19
    Foal
    KCHfuller- I so would!! That is a great idea!! My friend did that with her colt to desensitize him in the trailer... and it worked. I would do that, but he is stalled, and the only place he could be... is the outdoor arena. They only use it for strict training.. but due to overflow, it's sectioned out and used as paddocks already.. So I can't do that as much as I would love to.

    Saddlebredgrl- GRAIN!! Ahh! How could I have never thought of that!?! Oh my gosh, you probably just saved me and my horses relationship. He is a grain fanatic. He gets regular ol' oats with corn and corn oil and minerals in it, but he would jump the moon to get to it. Gah, I can't beleive I never thought of that. Tomorrow I will definitely have to put his grain in there, and just let him descide.
         
        08-02-2010, 12:29 AM
      #20
    Started
    Well, I had a horse that would kick and rear instead of getting in the trailer, I have to admit, I have not read all of the responses on this post so sorry if I am saying something for a second time.

    The only reason my horse gets in now is because my horse trainer(yes a pnh trainer but who knows if yours tried this?) lunged him whenever he tried to stop getting in the trailer, like stopping right at the step up or backing up right after he got one foot in, we would lunge him so he learned that he was worked outside the trailer and got to rest inside it. If you have a ramp it is even easier, what you do is lunge him and see how close he gets to the ramp then every time he gets on it let him stop and stand. Then just get him to keep getting in further.
    Once again, sorry for repeating things if anyone has already said this or you have already tried :)
         

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