Originally Posted by FehrGroundRanch
I've seen tons of horses that load fine and then they have one bad hauling experience. It takes hardly anytime to teach a horse something but a lifetime to fix something.
This is exactly my mare's problem. She's scared, not being bratty.
I had her to where she'd load perfectly fine into our stock trailer, and she was if-y about the slant load but loaded up after a minute of sniffing at it. When it was time to load up after the clinic (in the slant), she completely froze. I was doing fine trying to get her over it, but then one of the girls there decided to 'help' and started whipping her hind legs with a lunge whip. This completely scared the crap out of her because one of her main reasons of being scared of the trailer is because she's afraid of people hitting her from behind like that. She's also afraid of going in and having the door slammed on her.
This completely ruined our little training session, and the girl didn't go away in fact she thought she'd be nice by bringing her friends and they ran a lunge line along each side of her to pull her in. Now she has rope burns above her hocks! I tried being nice, and asking them to stop but they insisted. This seems to happen every time I go to a clinic and Athena has a trailer problem. Someone comes for help, but for all the wrong reasons.
Today, I took her over to the old stock trailer by ourselves. She was a little afraid at first, and would swing her butt around the side of the trailer so she couldn't walk straight in. After about 15 minutes of just letting her eat grass around it & walking her right up to the trailer but not in, she had put her front feet in the trailer by herself without me trying to pull her in or anything. And after about another 15 minutes she followed me all the way in (all four feet) on a loose rope, or in other words I wasn't pulling her in or anything. I think having tons of people around her makes her nervous, and having a different trailer doesn't help much either. I 'll probably stick with the stock trailer until she's very comfortable. I know that when we take breaks at gas stations, and I check on her she's shaking like a leaf. I think I'm going to have to take this trailer training really slow.