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post #1 of 8 Old 08-22-2008, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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In and out... NOT

So my horse, like the sweetheart she is, walks nervously into the trailer for her first time the second we ask her to. The ride to her new barn is just fine (it was right down the road). We get there, open the back and ask her to back out. She won't. She keeps trying to turn around, but absolutley refuses to back out. It takes a half hour and some incredible pulling to get her out. I felt awful about forcing her like that, and I don't ever want to repeat the experience. She was simply terrifed to step out of the trailer into "nothing".
How do you teach a horse to back out of a trailer?
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-22-2008, 08:40 PM
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If the horse knows the command back im assuming the horse should back out of the trailer. That's odd, i've never heard of that before.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-22-2008, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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She definitely knows how to back, in fact I told her "back" and she walked right to the very edge of the trailer and would go no further. We literally had to have a very large women pretty much shove her out.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-22-2008, 08:52 PM
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maybe she was just nervous. when i sold my horse it took us more then an hour to get her in the trailer. i tried, my BO tried, then finally the guy who was going to haul my horse to her new home had to walk her in very tight circles, disorient her and finally we got her in the trailer. she was sweating and as soon and she got in the trailer she had diarrhea
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When we bought my husbands horse we were told he walks right in no problem but doesnt back out.If he has the room he'll try to turn around, the previous owner had been working w/ him on this.So we got him home and my husband spent over an hour sweet talking him, keeping the lead rope tight pulled back and as soon as he made a step back he released and praised him.This was a borrowed trailer and we have since bought an older used one(fixer upper)and he did the same thing, put him in and backed him out over and over.He's still nervous but he is learning to trust and is never forced. It takes time, some more some less.I have friends that just toss the lead rope over their horses backs and they jump in.And back out he same way!Good luck.
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-22-2008, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys! I guess I should just practice slowly with her, the only reason we forced her is because we had borrowed the trailer and weren't supposed to have it for that long!
I just get frustrated because there's so much information about how to get a horse in the trailer, and none about how to get her out.
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post #7 of 8 Old 08-23-2008, 04:09 PM
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See if you can borrow a trailer with a ramp, that seems to help with the backing out part at first. If she loads great, but just doesn't want to come out you can practice with a trailer with a ramp. Walk her part way up the ramp and then stop. Let her stand there for a minute and then ask her to back all the way off the ramp. As she relaxes start to go a step or two farther into the trailer and repeat until you have her all the way in the trailer, let her stand for a couple minutes and then back her all the way off. This may take several days of work if she is that afraid to back out. She can't see directly behind her, so a horse must really trust to blindly back out of a trailer. Just remember to start easy and then build slowly on that so that she doesn't get scared, you're trying to boost her confidence in the situation.

Thats all I can really offer to help, I hope it will help you. Good Luck.
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See if you can borrow a trailer with a ramp, that seems to help with the backing out part at first. If she loads great, but just doesn't want to come out you can practice with a trailer with a ramp. Walk her part way up the ramp and then stop. Let her stand there for a minute and then ask her to back all the way off the ramp. As she relaxes start to go a step or two farther into the trailer and repeat until you have her all the way in the trailer, let her stand for a couple minutes and then back her all the way off. This may take several days of work if she is that afraid to back out. She can't see directly behind her, so a horse must really trust to blindly back out of a trailer. Just remember to start easy and then build slowly on that so that she doesn't get scared, you're trying to boost her confidence in the situation.

Thats all I can really offer to help, I hope it will help you. Good Luck.
Thank you! That's really good advice. Next time I'm definitely going with a trailer that has a ramp.
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