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        03-02-2013, 08:56 PM
    Originally Posted by waresbear    
    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?
    The horse you see is Cody my gelding the trailer is in the next run. And as far as riding it is a 31/2 hour drive
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        03-02-2013, 08:57 PM
    Well I know I had a neighbor who asked me to take my 2 horse straight load/with a ramp to load two horses she bought......I went and I watched the original owner and a couple of their friends try to load the one for well over an hour, they finally came and asked if I could give it a I took the horse, did the C pattern with it walking around, walked to the trailer, he wouldn't get I sent him back/forth, after a few times of that he walked right in.....took me maybe 15-20 mins. To get him on the trailer.
    My horses I just have to stand at the end, throw the lead over their backs as they walk in and put the butt bar across.......
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        03-02-2013, 09:52 PM
    Originally Posted by Critter sitter    
    The horse you see is Cody my gelding the trailer is in the next run. And as far as riding it is a 31/2 hour drive
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    Sorry, well at least he looks happy! 3 & 1/2 drive? That would be quite the hike! Next time I read this thread, I would like to see her in that trailer!
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        03-02-2013, 11:02 PM
    First Problem, try and get a stock trailer. I know MANY horses who will not load into a horse trailer and even having a rear tack makes it worse. We have a stock trailer because our one horse does not like and travel well in a horse trailer.

    Our mare Sassy when we got her was deathly afraid of trailers. When I mean deathly, the moment she would see one or hear one (rattling) she would go sycotic. You couldn't get her 30 feet near the trailer. It took us at least 4 people to load her as her owner wanted to just get her in. We backed the trailer up into the barn, and we had 1-2 people trying to pull her in, and we had a butt rope on her. She would eventually give into the pressure and walk in. We once fought with her for an hour in pouring rain to get her in. We did try the drugging trick with her and she still had a mind. It took a butt rope to get her in.

    One day we had someone's bigger trailer, ours was only a 6' high trailer, and we had someones 6'5. I asked to go work with her and I was able to. I took her out and let her go sycotic and eventually got her to the trailer and I walked her round and round that trailer and let her sniff every square inch until she didn't want to smell it again. I walked her infront of the door closed/open. Her owner had told me that "You will never get her in, you might get her close but she will never get in that trailer without force". She eventually got comfortable with being around the trailer, I let her smell the inside, look in, etc... I would be in the trailer and give a firm tug and hold it. She usually would resort to backing so I would walk her around the trailer sniffing, etc.. She made one step in and I backed her out and praised her. In 20 minutes she walked into the trailer. This is a 16hh Thoroughbred mare I was talking about who is built like a tank. She had some trailer trauma.

    You could try that method... or

    I talked to a trainer and they said about lunging them infront of the trailer and then asking them to go in. If they take a step in then praise and let them stand there for a bit. Then back them out and lunging them by the trailer, attempt again and let them rest when they have a foot in.

    Now.. If you want to go with force methods.. then I will give you ideas.
    Now that same thoroughbred we hadn't trailered in over a year. She wasn't scared of the trailer when we tried loading her a few weeks ago, she just didn't want to load. When we left the vet she was still sedated from having her teeth done and she was pretty out of it before we walked out. The moment she saw the trailer you could tell her mind just switched. It took 5 people to load her. It was already dark and 7pm and the ground was icy so I couldn't lunge her. The vets wanted to go home too. They took a lariat and tied it to one side of the trailer and got two people on the otherside and put it on her hindquarters, and had someone whipping the ground behind her. Did she try kicking? Yes. Did it still take us a while to get her in? Yes. I have also seen at that vet they would take a lariat and put it around the hindquarters. And then pulled the lariat and they could control the hindquarters. Our stud hates loading into a trailer. Likes to rear. But if we take a rope and tie it to one side of the trailer and put it behind him and if it just touches his legs he will walk right in but if we don't its a war.

    So those are a few ideas. But I would really recommend getting a stock trailer and opening all doors. Your horse might be claustrophobic.
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        03-02-2013, 11:29 PM
    She has no access to a stocktrailer, this is only one she can borrow.
        03-02-2013, 11:30 PM
    Green Broke
    Have you tried the sending method with her? I used to have difficulty loading my colt sometimes but now that we've got the ending method down, I point and he hops right in without hesitation. It's like sending them in a half a lunge circle, then yielding their quarters on the opposite side.

    That, or the lunging method. Lunge her in front of the trailer then motion her to go in. If she refuses, lunge her again then ask again. Any time they think about going in the trailer with forward motion, let them rest. If she refuses by stepping back, lunge her again. This video kinda shows you an example. It's not the best. Henny was fidgeting around then decided to eat some rocks, so I was more focused on him at that point LOL.

    014-14.mp4 Video by kayella_kairos | Photobucket
        03-02-2013, 11:34 PM
    She's done it already and had 2 trainers try as well.
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        03-02-2013, 11:44 PM
    Green Broke
    I did see the video at the beginning. I agree with the others that she should have been more aggressive while she was half way in the trailer. Like they said, it's not a "Oh, could you please get in the trailer when you fee like it?" At this point, after all you've gone through, it needs to be a "I'm going to work your butt off until you're in that trailer." She needs to be mentally pushed, albeit carefully or she'll explode, but she needs to understand that you're telling her to get on that trailer and not asking her.
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        03-03-2013, 12:04 AM
    Green Broke
    No report for awhile, maybe she got him in? Hope so!
        03-03-2013, 12:13 AM
    Well my awesome vet let me come by and get meds. 2 doses Of rompun and 2 of ace. At 10:30 at night. Wow he is really a awesome person. We are going to start over tomorrow.

    Thank you all for your suggestions really. Some them have been tried. Some I would love to try but don't have what I need to try them.

    I was worried about the way she was looking after all the stress and she had not eaten or drank on a day. So I did give he a little and then a trail into the trailer. Yawn it's been a very long day.

    Thank you again all.
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