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    03-19-2008, 06:28 PM
  #1
Foal
Reluctant to load?

Ok the thoroughbred I am getting evidently does not like to load into a trailer. The owner told me this straight up, unfortanly he did not have a trailer there to show me how bad she was.
Any tips and tricks to getting a reluctant horse in to a 2 horse straight load trailer.
     
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    03-19-2008, 08:53 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I would brib her with some feed or treats the get her to get onto the trailor but not letting her have any of it until she was completely in the trailor :)
     
    03-20-2008, 08:15 AM
  #3
Trained
Can you do a search on this forum? There was another topic about this not too long ago.
     
    03-20-2008, 10:07 AM
  #4
Showing
First, can you remove the divider in way the trailer would look wide and inviting? That helps lots.
Since you don't have bond/trust/etc (new horse) you can try to use grain to load. Not the best way in world, but you have to haul it anyway. When I first hauled mine we put rope besides her so she couldn't back up. But(!) she was very young (a yearling) and I already owned her for month (and messed with her all the time), so I'm not sure it's good way for your horse.

Here is an article from guy who does loading clinics. I've seen him once putting abused horse in 2-horse straight (it took 4 hours and 4 men to lift that horse in trailer to deliver to the clinic). That was absolutely amazing. Took him 40 mins, but horse did it herself and was no drama at all going on.

http://www.feedscoop.com/kh2.htm

Good luck!
     
    03-20-2008, 10:10 AM
  #5
Green Broke
What ever you do, don't get frustrated, or irritated. I notice when you get like that its takes that much longer
     
    03-20-2008, 12:34 PM
  #6
Yearling
What works for me is to just keep asking the horse to get in without getting mad. Walk up to it each time going "She's going in this time!" and even if the horse doesn't and balks, rears up, whatever let her have a fit but don't yank or pull on the lead then as soon as she's done. Don't ask her to move, just let her calm down a sec, and then from where she is standing, try again with the same enthusiasm. It only took 3 tries to get my horse in the first time, (it took his past owners almost three hours last time to do it, and they only got him in because they twitched him and drug him in. )
     
    03-20-2008, 03:16 PM
  #7
Foal
http://youtube.com/watch?v=uGsOV_eOYXk :)

Try food first, but if that doesn't work, you may want to try that.
     
    03-20-2008, 04:25 PM
  #8
Showing
I have had to deal with a few horses (mostly friend's or other boarders horses) who would not load.

It's difficult to give any advice as to how to teach that specific horse to load as each horse learns differently and may or may not load for different reasons.

Can you provide more information as to what the horse does? Or behaves when you try to load him/her?
     
    03-20-2008, 05:29 PM
  #9
Foal
When I went to try out a young horse the owners spent over half an hour (in minus 30 degree weather) trying to load this horse into our trailer. FINALLY they got it in.
When I decided I did not think this horse was for me and went to return it and walked it up to the trailer. It started to back up so I backed it up hard for a few steps. Then walked the horse up and onto the trailer. Took less than 5 mins.
Both times the horse was being loaded onto a slant load which are SO MUCH more inviting than a straight load (I will never own a straight load).
     
    03-22-2008, 01:53 AM
  #10
Showing
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Originally Posted by MysticRealm
When I went to try out a young horse the owners spent over half an hour (in minus 30 degree weather) trying to load this horse into our trailer. FINALLY they got it in.
When I decided I did not think this horse was for me and went to return it and walked it up to the trailer. It started to back up so I backed it up hard for a few steps. Then walked the horse up and onto the trailer. Took less than 5 mins.
Both times the horse was being loaded onto a slant load which are SO MUCH more inviting than a straight load (I will never own a straight load).
I would like to see you convert to owning a large warmblood and fit him in a slant load
     

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