Originally Posted by BasquerosTsunami View Post
Hi, I just bought a 10-year-old
If you 'just bought' him, how long have you had him? Has he settled in? Have you developed any kind of relationship with him? If not, I'd work on these things & show him you're a Good Thing to be around & considerate of his concerns. Eg...
Whenever we try to bring him over to the arena, he stops, pulls, rears up, kicks, does whatever he can to stay over at the pasture.
He's a new horse(herd, prey animal), being taken away from his herd & his home(pasture) by a stranger who he doesn't know or trust well yet. On top of that, he may also associate arenas with unpleasant 'work'.
Once we finally got him close, Espy was freaking out and had somehow managed to lodge herself underneath the butt bar in the trailer and she got very hurt... it took us about an hour to free her and another couple hours
Far out! Poor girl. Have you got a good vet/bodyworker out to her to check/treat any damage? I trust you've learned from your mistake(don't fret on that point, we all make 'em!), never to leave a nervous horse or leave for long unsupervised in a trailer and never to leave a horse in a trailer that's half secured - either completely open(best IMO), so if it's too much for her she can get out, or completely closed, so at least she's not as likely to get hurt.
We were willing to work slowly on this problem with Link but now that one of our horses has been injured because he refused to come to the trailer, I need some help. What can we do to start breaking this habit?
Not meaning this to sound like I'm having a go, but no, it was not his fault your mare was hurt in the least, it was yours. You need to accept the responsibility. He's just being a horse & who knows whether it's a habit or a new problem for him, although if you allow it to go on, you'll make it one.
So.... it sounds like, as there are a number of issues & the basics don't seem to be in place even, that you'd do best to learn to develop a relationship & hire a trainer/instructor to help you know when/what/how to be, and what you can expect from these beasts & how they think.