Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
For some horses, just the experience of hauling itself is enough to make them upset. I have an Arabian mare who LOVES trailer rides - she was always hauled in my friends big open stock trailer, and loves sticking her nostril out to suck wind. When she saw a trailer, I could open her gate and turn her loose and she would run and jump into it.
Enter my new 2-horse trailer, which is as small as a 2-horse comes. Begin my eternal battle with my dear Arabian mare who has decided she doesn't like it. Virtually every trip begins with me loading her fairly easily, her realizing she hates being in it, and 3 hours of whatever destination we've unloaded at trying to coax her in. At one event, I had two 300lb cowboys walk up with a small, lock arms and simply hurl her inside. At the vet's, I had a vet lashing her hocks with a lunge whip as I used a butt rope AND her leadrope to convince her. She never panics, she never blinks, she simply plants her feet and says "No." In situations where we use butt ropes to force her, she'll pitch a fit. It usually ends up being 15 minutes of me standing there and beating her until she gets bored and jumps in.
I have tried virtually everything, and thankfully, the one thing that DOES work is removing the partition. If she's allowed to travel alone, or even with a companion and there's no partition, for whatever reason she's content again. Something about the WAY that trailer hauls makes her hate it and there's nothing I'm going to do to convince her otherwise. To this day, if you open up a big ol' stock trailer for her highness, she prances inside with glee.
At this point, I have used this method several times and ALWAYS to excellent odds - you NEED to find a place where you can back the trailer up, leave his food inside and let him sort his issues out. Maybe you can't now, but in a horse that has learned to hate the RIDE, he needs to learn to love the trailer and being in the trailer.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.