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    01-02-2012, 03:21 PM
Rushing out of the trailer

Okay, so I got my appy in the summer and she can be kind of a brat about getting in the trailer, she will do it and once in she hauls like a dream, in straights or slants. The biggest issue is that she has started to rush out of the trailer. We have a 3 horse slant (she rides in the middle) and as soon as she hear me unclick her divider she will start to shift around.
She is tied with a rope now because she literal just steps back and snaps the trailer ties like they are paper!
So my current thing is to untie the rope but leave it running throught the metal loop thing then I hold it while I sneak back to her booty and undo the divider then I hold the divider and sneak up to her and let the divider go and off she goes! SHe does a super speed back out (atleast she backs out she never swings around) and then stops with her front feet in there, snorts and looks around then gets all the way out.
My question is how do I get her to just stand there until I get her unhook and back out without all the other stuff? I have been trying to beat her to the punch and pull back on the lead to tell her to back up before she makes that decision on her own but I don't think she is really paying attention.
She is a 16 hh beast, she had an accident being haul up to wa 2 years ago in the trailer in which she split her head open.
I don't have money for another trainer beside my paints dressage trainer, I am confident I can train her myself with some advice. My mare is not mean, and is one of those push button pleasers she just wants to get out of there and now!
Also, when tied in the trailer she is really quiet, she just stands there and will eat her hay if there is some.
Pic is for fun, I love her!
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    01-02-2012, 04:52 PM
Green Broke
She is a cute mare.
What I would do is practice getting in and out of the trailer. Slow in---Slow out.
Lead her to the trailer and have her put one foot in the trailer, no more, then ask her to get out. Do this 20 times or more. Next have her put her 2 front feet in the trailer, no more, then ask her to get out. Do this 20 times or more. Next ask her to put 3 or 4 feet in the trailer, stopping a horse at 3 feet can be difficult so 4 feet is fine. Then ask her to get out. Do this several times. Each time leaving her in the trailer for longer time. Moving her farther into the trailer each time. Try moving to the front stall, then to the middle then the last. This shoild get her to relax and wait to get out of the trailer
    01-02-2012, 06:00 PM
Good looking horse. IMHO I would get rid of the web halter and go with a rope halter, Just my opinion. I would let her back out quickly and make her sweat when she backed out to fast. Sending exercise and lunging with a lot of change of directions. The draw back, which I personally am working on is to not over do it so she will still load easily. I never try to stop a horse that is backing up. I just increase the pressure to make them back up faster. I can out run any horse that is backing up. Good luck
    01-02-2012, 06:11 PM
I llike Taffy's response. Great advice.

One thing to add...invest $15 in a head bumper (the ones that clip to the sides of the halter are best). My horse rushed out of a trailer and put a good sized hole in the top of his poll that took weeks to heal. He doesn't need it now, but until I trained him to back quietly out (using very similar techniques to Taffy's), he wore it.

As a testament to her advice, I'm at the point with Charlie where I throw the leadrope over his shoulder, give a little tug on his tail to let him know I'm ready for him, and he backs out step by step with his head down. Love it!

Love your mare's coloring!
    01-02-2012, 06:18 PM
Probably the reason she backs out so fast is that she's been clipped in the heels with trailer door. Seen this happen so many times and the horse usually reacts like your horse afterwards, self-preserving, & I don't blame them. Lead this horse out, forward, not back, I hate back outs & I hate seeing it, period! Make her wait in the usual manner and if you are unsure of how this is done, get pro-help.

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