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post #11 of 14 Old 06-30-2012, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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We were successful in the new trailer!

I spent some time with her in the pasture, which has lots of uneven ground, small ledges and the like. I had her on a lunge line and if she acted silly, we would go around a few times, then try again. Because of the variances in terrain, I could start with little slopes, and work up to larger step offs. It was beneficial to have a variety, so she wouldn't get worked up over repeating the same thing over and over, and we could work on her thinking about what shenwas doing, instead of just reacting.

We then went to next to the trailer, where the step we were working on before is. started with the two on, two off, then asked her up. Backed her back down as the last hind foot landed and she did great.

Then we went to the trailer. She was uncertain of it, as it is very different than what she has been in before. I let her take a bit of time, doing two feet in and back out. When I finally asked her to load up completely she did, but refused to back out.

I shut her in with the divider ( new to her as well) and left her for a few minutes. Came back and asked her to back up. Nope. Got another lead rope, and had one going around the right side of her neck, the other off the left. since the trailer is a slant load, I pulled the lead going over the right side of her neck, basically pulling her chin to her shoulder, releasing when she backed up. got her out just fine.

She has always been good about backing in general, although I have never tried to back her over obstacles before now. I didn't have a second person to help, so had to get a bit creative. Not backing out was not really an option, and she used to do it, so was going to do it again.

We will practice some more.
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post #12 of 14 Old 07-03-2012, 06:20 PM
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It's very simple to fix. Bring in the trailer, and only let her eat when she's on the trailer. Then leave her there. She can back herself out when she's done. I'd personally toss it into a pasture/paddock and leave it there. Put her feed in the trailer and if she wants to eat, she can go in. Once she's in, she's gotta come out eventually. She'll do it herself and learn how to do it comfortably, all without your help and interference.
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post #13 of 14 Old 07-03-2012, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by loosie View Post
Hmm, that may be the case with a nice wide stock crate, but generally IME chiro's would get heaps more business having horses getting jammed turning in the float!

Agree with Cherie, that even if it wasn't a necessity, I'd teach it anyway. It's just one of those basic things - I teach them to go forward, backwards, right, left and over stuff on cue, because well, even if you can't put a purpose to it when you're training, one day out on the trail you may find you need those specific lessons known.

I would teach her with pateince & consideration that she is frightened about it though(not at all saying you don't BTW Cherie, but 'giving one chance' sounds a bit abrupt IMO).

I do it in a similar manner to what Cherie describes, but if there are steps involved, I do what you did Tully & start by getting them confident doing it outside the trailer first, and when in the trailer, I give them a number of goes practicing half in, half out before getting them all the way in. I also don't generally have the luxury of a helper, so in order to get them to back out & not turn, I have them on a halter with very long lead, looped through a tie ring at the front of the float. Then I can just let it slide without pressure when they're doing Right, but put pressure on & block them when they try to turn. With only one of us, I don't have the liberty of pulling a horse out, but having put the preparation in, I don't find they take long to work it out.
I prefer not to stress a horse out or risk skinned up legs from the lip of the edge, seen a bunch of those, even with shipping boots, or ruin a day of showing because the wind slammed a trailer door shut on a leg of a horse backing out. Although the previous mentioned happened to horses backing out of a straight load. I also prefer not to bother with extra training on things I consider trivial & against the advise of a horse chiropractor. I don't want a helper to do things like hold a door open or fiddle around with lead ropes (although my new slant's door does have a keeper to hold the door open). I prefer to keep things simple & stress free and not waste my time on loading & unloading. Get in, go to where we are going, get out, easy peasy. Loading & unloading since I ditched the straight load has been a non-issue for me for any horse I've hauled. Not saying my way or your way is wrong or right, just saying my way works for me, works for the horses I haul and saves time, increases pleasure.
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post #14 of 14 Old 07-04-2012, 06:22 PM
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If she loads, I'd be standing behind her rattling her grain in a metal bucket. That is soooo tempting and a nice reward when she does step out. Grab a chair and get comfy as it may take a while but it's something she needs to sort out for herself.
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