Last week was my daughter's first 4-H practice. Trailering to the arena was only the second time we have trailered our mare ourselves. She has always been a good loader and has trailered just fine in the past. Well, last week when we arrived at 4-H, I accidentely backed her out of the trailer without unclipping her trailer tie. I asked my husband to attach her lead for me and I guess I just assumed he would unclip her tie. He's not a horse person, and neither of us are used to having our own trailer. So she backs out and snaps the tie. I didn't even realize it until she was out and I saw the tie hanging from her halter. After the practice she was a little hesitant to get back in, but she did eventually and trailered just fine.
So today was supposed to be my daughter's second practice, but I couldn't get my horse to load. We tried for 45 minutes, but by that time it was pointless to go anymore. I am assuming this is due to the trailer tie snapping in her face, but why would she have loaded right after it happened but not now? I also know she doesn't like the ramp on the trailer, but she's managed before. Taking it off isn't an option.
So what do you do with a horse who knows trailering well, but had a spook, and now won't get in. Either that, or decided to be stubborn and just doesn't want to go?