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  • Stubborn racehorse wont load in horse trailor

 
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    04-19-2011, 12:34 AM
  #11
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Originally Posted by mom2pride    
Bribery usually will not work with a horse since he can simply choose not to eat; they are not so easily food motivated like dogs.
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.
     
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    04-19-2011, 12:38 AM
  #12
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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.
     
    04-20-2011, 09:56 AM
  #13
Weanling
Thanks for all the suggestions! I think I will try making the trailer a resting place and away from it hard work. Hopefully he catches on that the trailer is a nice place and refusing means more work. If that doesn't seem to work, I like the rope behind him with no tension as long as he moves forward or stands still, but if he goes backward there is pressure. Thanks again and I hope he learns quickly. Of course, it just snowed 4 inches here again so no trail rides in the near future. :(
     

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