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    03-29-2011, 01:18 AM
horse gets scared when backing out of the trailer

So I have horse that gets scared when backing out of a trailer, when I first got her it took quite a bit of work to get her in, now she will hop right in but when I back her out she gets scared and kinda flys out backwards. We practiced 3 times today and the last time she hit her head, she wasn't hurt or anything but I'm afraid she might get hurt if we keep going like were going. When backing her out I talk to her and try to keep her calm but it doesn't seam to work really. The trailer is a slant so I can turn her around and she's okay doing that but I much rather be able to back her out in case I have to at some point or if I sell her to someone with a straight load. Anyone have any ideas? She has a pretty big scar on her neck but past owners didn't know anything about it so I wonder if she got hurt at one time? Not sure... Thanks for your help guys!
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    03-29-2011, 01:33 AM
Go to thread "horse won't back out of trailer" by garlicbunny.
    03-29-2011, 01:47 AM
It's not that she won't back out, she goes out as soon she you ask but like I said she gets scared and trys to run out backwards with her head up and has already hit her head once. So I'm wondering if anyone has had a horse with this issue and how they might have gotten them over it
    03-29-2011, 02:01 AM
Also we have praticed backing off a bridge that has about the same size drop as the trailer and she does it just fine, both in hand and under saddle.
    03-29-2011, 03:36 AM
Instead of loading her all the way in, I would have her put a foot up and then back out, and keep doing it until she's doing in calmly and then stop for the day. The next time have her put two feet up and get her doing it calmly, and so on until you have her loading and backing calmly. You're essentially teaching her one part at a time that backing out is nothing to be afraid of. Also I'm sure you play a huge part in this. If you are ready for her to go flying out then that's going to be exactly what's going to happen. Sometimes even when you aren't confident or don't think its going to work you just have to pretend and there's a good chance they'll believe you. Whenever my horses are acting silly and making me nervous I like to tell them (in a nice, sweet tone) just how silly and ridiculous I think they're being. It helps significantly for me, helping keep me mellow which works wonders with them.
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    03-29-2011, 09:48 AM
Take it slow with her, getting in and coming out. Once she's in the trailer, go to her head and ask her to take a step(only one) if she get excited stop her or ask her move her back up. If you take it one step at a time she will learn there is no reason to be scared. This is a 2 step forward one step back kinda thing. The biggest thing is for you or who ever is working with her to remain calm and reasuring. You can influence her mood. Always make sure there is someone on the outside of the trailer so that if you lose control of her they will be there to "catch" the lead rope when she comes out. Make sure you don't get right in front of her while in the trailer, becuase should she get scared and jump forward you wouldn't want her to land on you.
    03-29-2011, 10:06 AM
Green Broke
I also agree with what jwells and TBbuttermilk. However, what my trainer had to finally do, and this was with his slantload stepdown trailer, was to put the but bar up. When Walka started to back out and then went to rush, his butt hit the bar and he immediately came forward. My trainer would then step him back one step at a time, if Walka rushed again, he hit the bar again.

Finally after 2 - 3 times of this, Walka figured out to listen to the trainer and did not rush. After , the trainer took the bar down, and Walka did not rush, as he was focusing on the trainers cues.

He doesn't rush backwards in my trailer, two horse straight load with a ramp, mostly because of the ramp. Plus I spent hours practicing unloading while practicing loading.

Good luck to you, a horse ,as you know that that rushes out of a trailer is very dangerous to everyone around it as well as itself. It is thinking in flight mode, not really thinking.
    03-29-2011, 10:50 AM
Thanks guys! I will try out your suggestions and see how she does, I board with a really good trainer and will also see about having her help me, all my past horses have been really good about getting in and out of a trailer, so I have never really had this type of problem before. Also when I first got her my mom went and picked her up for me because I had to work and said they had a hard time getting her in but she backed out fine that time, but it was a different trailer that was more open than this one, so I will try opening the side windows to see if that helps, there is a tack room at the back of the trailer so there's only one side to back out of so maybe that might be the problem, she seams to be a smart easy going horse, so I have high hopes she will get over it.

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