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        03-02-2013, 06:28 PM
    Green Broke
    I can't imagine getting a horse in that far and not getting it loaded. I had the same thing happen to me and 4 hours later this is what I did. Alot of people can't figure out when to give pressure and when to release so I had someone in the trailer with a long lead and loose. If the horse wanted to come back out I let it and then when I lost my temper I took my buggy whip and kept snapping it at the horses rear legs and not once touch the horse. It bounced around a bit and I kept at it and it went in and was fine. I do believe your tack comes oout and folds up and you can open both sides.

    The next time I loaded by myself with a lunge line up through the front so I could lead the horse forward but be behind her with the whip. Took 5 minutes to load.

    After that fiasco I now stand in the trailer off to the side point the horse in and take my buggy whip and gentle tap her behind and she goes in with in 30 seconds but at anytime she gets her front end I am ok with her for a bit and if she backs out I let her and then I mean business and she goes in.
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        03-02-2013, 06:31 PM
    Green Broke
    Are you doing this by yourself?

    I know you know your trailer but are you sure that tackroom doesn't collapse against the wall if you take the saddle rack out, most do.

    You are very patient, I might have gotten out the gun by now.
        03-02-2013, 06:42 PM
    Sounds like you're being too nice. If a horse went in that far and refused to move, I'd be getting a bit more aggressive with loading her regardless of whether she'd flip out or not. She's playing a game and she is getting her way over and over again. Make it stop.

    Someone on here worked the snot out of the horse and the only rest the horse saw was if it went into the trailer. Eventually, the horse understood that the trailer meant rest and the only way to get rest was to get on the trailer.

    I've done the "rope butt" thing before. Someone else mentioned looping the rope through the trailer windows and pulling her while someone else used the butt rope. I like this idea. Pull/push, the second she takes a step in, release. Give her a rest for a could minutes, maybe a handfull of grain and then do it again. Inch by inch, you'll head into the trailer.

    Have you tried twitching? If your vet won't drug her for the ride, find another vet. Seriously, you're letting this horse get away with murder.

    At this point, being "nice" isn't the answer. You're afraid she'll flip out...well let her flip out and find out what the consequences are for flipping out.

    The "food in the trailer" idea is another nice approach. Eventually you are going to have to meet this head on and force her into the trailer. Put some food in the trailer with the set-up you have right now, but put it all the way at the front of the trailer so she'd at least have to go in half way to go get it. Come in behind her with lungelines (you'll need a couple people for this) to act like a fence. Pressure her in. Use a lunge whip. Her ONLY CHOICE is to go forward. She CAN NOT go back. There is a FENCE there now. Don't be scared to whip her little butt. Its time to get this done.

    You can also move the roundpen panels up behind her when she goes in to eat. She can not back out. She can only go forward. Use a lunge whip to reinforce this.
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        03-02-2013, 06:44 PM
    We have had help. 2 trainers and others. I'm done put a bullet in me I'm soooo done
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        03-02-2013, 06:46 PM
    Borrow a stocktrailer and a whiffel bat!
        03-02-2013, 06:47 PM
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    Originally Posted by Critter sitter    
    We have had help. 2 trainers and others. I'm done put a bullet in me I'm soooo done
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    NO, No, NO, the bullet is for her!
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        03-02-2013, 06:57 PM
    I know the bullet is for her I'm just frustrated ...
    this is the set up. I have no other trailer use
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        03-02-2013, 07:03 PM
    Looks rather pleased with herself, doesn't she? How far is it to the new owners? Can't just ride or lead her over there?
        03-02-2013, 07:03 PM
    Torbugesic, domosedan whatever your vet uses. Giving her ace is like giving me a shot of whiskey to do surgery. You want her toe dragging, head hanging, drooling drunk, staggering looks worse than it really is, she's been getting away with not loading for too long with you for her to have any leeway. One person heads, two people to tail and frog march her on. Leave her on the trailer for an hour to sleep it off before you drive away.
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        03-02-2013, 08:18 PM
    Can you make a chute out of those panels?
    Know any ranchers with a cattle truck?

    A commercial hauler may have a trailer she would walk into. You could talk to one. Might be worth a try. How bad do you want her gone at this point?

    I'd be sitting in a corner with a bottle by now.
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