Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Whidbey Island Washington
For the loading issue, I'd skip the lunging, no need to get worked up before you even start. Walk calmly and directly to the trailer and say 'load up' or whatever your loading command is. If she hesitates or stops back her up, 6-10 steps or so. Repeat the procedure. Do NOT get mad, frustrated or discouraged. It usually gets worse before it gets better, and the horse will begin to 'stick' farther from the trailer. Don't circle or lunge, back DIRECTLY away from the trailer every time. Turn around and walk calmly, but at your normal pace directly back to the trailer and say 'load up'. It can take a LONG time to get in the first time you do this. But it does get shorter each time, and you're not causing any fear of the trailer, you're simply making it more pleasant to be in the trailer than to have to be backing up outside it over and over.
I've only once had a horse that wouldn't back out, and it was because she had been kicked at while backing out the previous time and threw her head up and cut it. I was able to just open the back up and stand to the side and wait, while asking her to back out. The first several times were EXPLOSIVE when she finally got moving, but she got better with time.