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    07-18-2012, 10:16 PM
Refusing to load into trailer

I've been working with my 5 year old mare on loading into the trailer for a while. Over the course of 3 weeks we finally got her to the point we thought she was ready to go for a small 'ride' in the trailer with our other horse. We only went about half a mile down the road (going slow) before turning around and coming back.

She was sweating and looked very upset when we let her out and now she will not load again. She want's to but as soon as she things you're going to try and pull on the lead rope a little,she'll back off and we have to start all over.

Do you think we went to fast with her? If so, how do we get her to like hte trailer again?

Side Notes** she'll walk right up to in-and leans in when we show her grain but she won't step up into the trailer itself.
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    07-18-2012, 10:57 PM
How is she to lunge ? Can you lunge/send her in narrow places [like between you and a wall or a barrel and a wall] ? Do you 'send' her into the trailer or lead her in ?

I would practice loading her every day and once she's in feed her her dinner/grain. Don't show it to her while you are working on getting her in, you don't want to bribe her in. You just want her to associate the trailer with good things, like grain.
    07-19-2012, 03:22 AM
Originally Posted by Baylee    
going to try and pull on the lead rope a little,she'll back off and we have to start all over.
If it took you 3 weeks to get as far as taking her for the first drive, no, doesn't sound like you're going too fast in the least, but then again, not having a clue how long that amounts to & how you go about it, dunno.

Re the above, without knowing what you're doing, can only guess, but when I read the above, it made me think she's trained you to quit when she backs off(?). What exactly does 'start all over' mean? I would be keeping the pressure on when she's backing away as a rule, until she starts to think 'forward'.
    07-19-2012, 05:24 AM
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If you are leading her in or pulling her in with the lead rope, she's going to feel forced into the trailer. You want her to Want to be in the trailer. Using feed may get her to go in but it won't get her to want to stay in.

To get her to want to be in there, she does need to feel good about being in there. Let the trailer be her resting place. Start by working her away from the trailer. Keep working her and make your way to the trailer as you work her. Once she's at the trailer, let her rest. If she backs away, put her back to work. Bring her back towards the trailer but use her momentum of working to try to get her to go in. Again if she backs away, back to work she goes. If she should stand there and is checking the trailer out, let her. Let her stand there for a minute or two. Then take her away and start working her again. In time, she will figure out that she can rest in the trailer and has to work outside of it. Practice this enough and she will try to go in any open trailer she goes by. Yes that really does happen.
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