Originally Posted by AlexS
I somewhat agree, they are not like dogs, but they are food motivated.
I had a nightmare previous horse, and by working her hard, all I did was make her fitter so I had to spend 30 mins working her at first - then one hour, then 1.5 hours, and then I just didn't have that amount of time.
I've used the method I've highlighted for so many difficult loaders, and it has never failed no matter how stubborn; however, it is important to not just work them to "tire" them out...you HAVE to keep their mind engaged, otherwise, what you described does happen; and that not just being in regard to loading...it can happen for any aspect of training. A horse that doesn't like to be mounted...owner lunges and lunges and lunges, but never really changes directions, so horse is just 'mindlessly working'; only thing that is accomplished is the horse gets more fit, but he's not really working, or thinking, which is my focus when retraining a horse out of a current problem.