Originally Posted by Critter sitter
OK so I sold my mare. And we sold due to her trailering issues.
We have tried for 3 days now to get her to load and have not gotten her in.
I am at my wits end here with her. I have had 2 trainers try I have tried and to no avail she is one that wil explode if you put to much pressure on her.
My goal her is to get her in the trailer NOT train her. I don't want her or anyone hurt. The new owner is very aware of her issues and is ready and willing as long as I can get her to her. This video is a short moment in 4 hours of the same thing
Her is a short video of yesterdays gentle attempt. F75D161D-93F6-4AFE-A988-B66ACF5E04C4-899-0000005DF95EB40F_zps911ed200.mp4 Video by saving_grace01 | Photobucket
I know there are Many many ways so all are welcome..
This is the only trailer available and she had loaded into it before.
I once owned a horse who was known for NOT being able to load. He was a 16'3hh thoroughbred who just would not trailer. The way I deal with something like this is dealing with the situation THAT DAY, and not dwell on what might be causing the behavior(whether it be he/she won't load because of fear, previous accident/stubborness etc). If you try to load based on those fears, that will translate into YOUR behaviors while trying to load that given horse, which they sense.
This method of doing this, will require you to start off your mind on a blank slate, will require patience and will require time. If you're on a time crunch then don't this until you have the time to invest into this.
I did this once with him, and I never had issues again.
Put your horse on a lunge line, and open up the trailer ready for loading. Have a lunging whip with you. What you are going to be doing is giving your horse 2 options: 1) load onto the trailer or 2)work hard on the lunge line instead of loading into the trailer. My gelding had to learn that it was easier to load onto the trailer(have feed ready to go with it), than to work hard.
Ask her/him to load onto the trailer the way you normally do, if the horse does NOT load, you instantly ask for a brisk trot on the lunge line and by brisk I mean a GOOD strong working trot(no lazy slacking trot). I would do 4-5 good circles then stop her/him and ask to load into the trailer again. Repeat as needed until he/she loads.
It tooks me TWO HOURS the day I did this with my gelding, because he would not load. Once he loaded, I turned it into a party, pats! "good boy!" and lots of treats. Only once after that day did he hesitate to load, and all I did was one "lunging" circle on just the lead rope I had on, and he remembered! Right on he loaded.
By the end of this, I had a horse who I had to simply verbally ask "walk on" with no aids at all, and he would walk himself onto the trailer. I never got mad at him, never got frustrated, I just gave HIM the options of what he wanted to do. He realized the trailering one was a great one.