Horse won't unload!? Help!
I recently purchased a 6 year old thoroughbred mare. We went to pick her up and she loaded perfectly, walked right in. We have a step up trailer. When we unloaded her at home, she LEAPED out of the trailer after a few seconds of sniffing the air. I had untied her, turned her around, and stepped out expecting her to follow nicely. I just figured she was so excited to be there, new smells and sounds etc. I also wondered that maybe she hadnt been unloaded without a ramp before. Since then, everytime we load her, she is perfect. When we unload and turn around to walk out, she gets very nervous, will stand in the trailer and pull back slightly on the lead, and eventually jump (this means a real jump) out of the trailer. The last time we went to unload, we decided to teach her to back out. First, she would start to back out, but only with her back legs, and her front legs locked. This would result in her back legs on the ground outside the trailer, and her front legs nearly parallel with the trailer floor, slipping back as she walked out. This would cause her to jump back in the trailer as fast as she could, and then not back up at all, just stand there. We tried countless times to get her whole motion backwards, so we could unload her (all legs) in one smooth motion. This was impossible. SO we turned her around and she leaped out like usual. Then when we tried to load her again a few minutes later, she was more reluctant, but she did. I am looking for any advice at all on this. I want the trailer to be a happy place for her to be, so I don't want to scare her into unloading, but I am at a loss on how to handle it. Please help!