Originally Posted by Saddlebag
... I had an arab that had to physically check the trailer out. He'd look around and bang on the floor. If he didn't like it, he wouldn't load. If it met with his satisfaction he'd load like a charm. In one trailer a floorboard was weak. We discovered this after he absolutely refused to load.
This is a beautiful true story showing us that we should listen to our horses! Thanks for sharing!
Originally Posted by HollyBubbles
...We worked on backing up undersaddle today as he hasn't been taught before, within 5 minutes he was backing up without a second person on the ground, so he learns quickly.
Right, a horse gone right-brained (scared) is NOT stupid, but just can't think clearly, due to panic. The worst thing for a scared horse is to force it with ropes/whatever; it's pushing it over a cliff emotionally, & its trust of you will plummet. This horse needs to be able to THINK its way through this puzzle, to UNDERSTAND that it's safe to back out, so you need to provide the time for it to gain that confidence by inching your way along with her. Backing out over & through other things on the ground works because you're gaining her confidence & thinking part of her brain, so that's a great start!