Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
I have to agree with Cherie. You train the horse, not the other way around. My current mare is the easiest horse to load that I have ever owned but the first time I went to unload her by backing her out of a friend's 2 horse straight load, she simply wasn't going to go and kept trying to turn around. She got her first unloading lesson.
I didn't have a second person to work with so I just used one lead line and kept her back end against the trailer wall. It took ~1/2 an hour but she came off. The problem was not the backing but the fact that there was a step down that she wasn't familiar with and when her rear hoof hit open space, she would panic and charge back in the trailer. It just took time and patience. She was going to learn to do it my way - period. After I unloaded her, I reloaded her and repeated it several times. A few days latter, I went through it again but it was much easier that time. I've had her ~4 months now and she is no trouble what so ever.
BTW, since you will never win a tug of war with a horse, if it isn't working with you pulling her back using a lead line, I wouldn't hesitate using a lead with a chain over her nose.
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Last edited by iridehorses; 03-28-2011 at 09:05 AM.