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        07-06-2013, 02:12 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Even on blocks, an unhooked trailer is a dangerous thing. You should never work with one without it attached.

    And while you say horse has to come out?

    No, they don't. They can overheat from getting in a panic and die inside that trailer, or lose it and get themselves cast and die. Or decide to fight their way out by jumping forward into nose of trailer.

    No way would I ever encourage someone to do this.

    Aside from panic issues...horses will stock up, by not being able to move around could end up with colic and since males stretch out to urinate, might end up with bladder/kidney problems too.

    May also be that he would unload better if on other side too? And are your roads crowned like here is US, to where we put heavier horse on side to center of road, or do you drive on left side there?

    Might also try blindfolding him and backing him up? But again, this is awfully tight spot to fool around in. Can run lead through front legs and down and pull from behind to back, as have done that.

    If horse will not even back over a small rise in boards, I would get some serious vet work done, as to what is going on. I too think pain related.
         
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        07-06-2013, 02:28 PM
      #12
    Trained
    I'm expecting pain for certain at this point...
         
        07-06-2013, 02:45 PM
      #13
    Trained
    I agree with the wait him out method, but I'd be in the trailer with him. I use the same method to load horses and I have great loaders because they don't have bad experiences.
    I would go for the expense and add the ramp. Not only will it be easier, but I have seen a few horses slip while unloading and end up with hind legs under the trailer. One was a kids pony, ended up whacking it's head and bled out on the pavement in front of the little girl...

    Good luck!
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        07-06-2013, 03:38 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    One more thought, if the horse can't SEE when the step is coming, and its ever been higher than expected when they stepped down, they can get really unnerved by that drop. We always tell our horses when the drop is coming, and they stop moving and look for it with a hind foot. We say 'back' until they're near the edge, then switch to saying 'step'. You'd be pretty shocked by how quickly they learn to stop when you say step, and start poking that back foot around looking for the edge. By doing this, they can step carefully out, always knowing when the drop is coming, because you've warned them. You can teach it without the trailer, anywhere there is a drop, starting with a couple inches and working up to a foot (or whatever you think the highest drop would be if you were parked funny).
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        07-06-2013, 03:46 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    This may sound crazy, but I have seen it for myself. I had a friend that her barrel racing mare would not back out of ANY trailer, but she would back ON TO a trailer. She would ride backwards in the trailer & walk right out when we got where we were going
         

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