Hi, I'm new here. I've been without a horse for about 15 yrs. Two months ago, I bought a 4yr old QH mare. At 2yrs old, she was sent to a "trainer" for a month, then put out to pasture. Hasn't been touched for the last 2 yrs....She's very skittish, but getting better with a ton of TLC, rides well once I'm on her but if she's not tied up when I mount, she will back up until she hits a fence, then panics. Tied up, she stands quiet, I lean over and unsnap the lead rope and she's fine. It's taken these last 2 months to get her to allow me to place the bridle over her ears, or even the reins over her head. I can rub her ears all day long, but panics if bridle or reins go up over her head. I think they roped her and beat the he!! Out of her. She use to panic when I brought out the saddle pad!!!
Anyway.... she's doing real well, except we can not get her in the horse trailer... I've tried feeding her in there... she just won't eat... My dad and I finally "forced" her in, no beating, he had the rope thru the side of the trailer pulling her, and I had my shoulder in her rear and pushed. She finally went in. We closed it up, I gave her grain and hay, fed her treats, told her what a good girl she was, let her eat in there about 30 min. Or so. When I went to let her out. I went in, she was sweatting profusely, but eating, I gave her more treats, told her what a good girl she was, and proceeded to back her out.... She got one hind foot out, and when she had to step down, she paniced, and jumped back in. Took over 30 minutes to get her out.
After that she got aggressive and tried kicking me when I went to catch her, even when put in a small pen to catch her, where she had stood still with ears perked to get her treat when I caught her. She started turning her behind to me, ears back and tried kicking! She's finally over that, but how am I going to get her in the trailer without traumatizing her again?
Thanks for your input. The neighbor says I can borrow his horse to load first (4 horse trailer), and see if I can coax her in that way.
Hopefully ya'll know some easier tricks. She's pretty hard headed!