Lack of respect or actual fear???
(Sorry, major essay)
While Alli was being backed, we (me + trainer) also tried to get her into a trailer. Don't know her history with trailers before this. To say it didn't go well is an understatment!!! She wouldn't step onto the ramp and when she did she would have a sniff then try to bolt backwards.
At this point it was a handling issue as she completly ignored us and refused to yield to pressure when she was near the trailer. (further back from the trailer she was better but still not as responsive as normal) She has always been a madam on the ground due to never being handled for 6 yrs of her life, but she had improved hugely with backing- pretty much perfect most of the time. 10 mins of groundwork later...
We managed to convince her in and lead her through. *loads of praise in trailer* Braught her back round to make sure it wasn't a fluke and she got almost all the way up the ramp then spun, smacking her head on the side of the trailer in the process. She obviously hurt herself. We got her front legs on the ramp again then called it a day.
2 days later we tried again and she was even worse. It was way too dangerous tbh and I was afraid she would do some serious damage to herself or me or the trainer. Tried everything- Ted (Alli's love of her life lol) in trailer already, channeling with cones etc, lunge whips. Nothing worked!!!! She was getting more and more worked up. Tried relaxing her but as soon as she saw the trailer she acted up again. Ended up doing 5 mins of lunging to calm her down and end on a positive note at the end.
So, did she figure out throwing her weight around got her out of the trailer work, or did she genuinly scare herself hitting her head? What do you guys think??
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