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post #11 of 12 Old 03-29-2011, 12:47 AM
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I pull them back out because it is not inhumane and it gets the job done. They are not traumatized but just go on like that is how they have done it all of their lives.

They are creatures of habit that can talk themselves into being afraid of anything you have allowed them to and then reinforce.

I just create a new habit and 'norm' for them. From that day forward, THAT is the way they get out of trailers. I have never seen any value of taking forever to do something that is done just as easily in one day.

And, I have seen many horses that people have tried that method with and once all four feet were in the trailer, the horse still refused to step down -- all that after spending days to get the horse to step back out of a trailer one, two and three feet at a time. Then, they still brought the horse to me to teach to get out backwards.
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post #12 of 12 Old 03-29-2011, 12:54 AM
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I have not had to spend "days" teaching a horse to step up or step off of a trailer Cherie...most of the time, once I know the horse backs off light pressure (that is often the biggest problem right there, is resistence right from the ground), I go to the bridge, and from there it goes fairly quickly as a general rule. I also incorporate alot more groundwork than I'm detailing here, so it's not "just" me teaching a horse to back...there's more aspects to it, and the horse basically chooses for himself that loading and unloading willingly are the better options rather than having to work.

I do not have the physical strength (nor the desire) to pull any horse out of a trailer, I take the time to retrain his mind in a different way...same as you do, just a different approach. I point the horses to the trailer and they go in, and I give the tail a gentle tug and they come out gently.

"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."

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