Hi, I just bought a 10-year-old Arabian/Saddlebred. He's very easy to ride but he has some horrible ground manners.
The way our property is set up is we have the horse pasture in the back of a five acre forest property and the arena in the front of it. 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.
Yesterday, we were trying to load him in the trailer with one of our other horses, Espy. We can't bring the trailer to the pasture because of all the trees so we had to lead him over to where the arena is. We already had Espy loaded and were having a huge amount of trouble getting him even over to the trailer. We were gone for a while trying to get him and this made Espy nervous. 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 of walking her around to make sure sue didn't colic.
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?