the squeeze game...can't remember exactly what it's called - SonnyWimps would
It's where you ask them to go between you and an object (such as a fence, or tree, or jump standard, whatever you want)
The object is to have the horse squeeze through a small space without speeding up or slowing down.
Yep!!!!!! Every year the BO has to transport a Paint gelding that would not load. He has taken 4 hours and 4 people to load him.
Montana is left-brained, correct? If he is, he's not afaid of it...he just does NOT want to go in, so he's pretending to be afraid. That Paint gelding we all thought was right brained, but when we did groundwork we knew he was left-brained, so he was just being dominant.
The squeeze game is kinda like the circling game. But it's really only a half circle. Set up a platform if you have one so he has to step up on it. Send him on it. And then turn him around and send him again.
For the trailer. Stand to the left of the door when you are facing the trailer, and send him into the trailer. DO NOT let him pass between you and the trailor!!!!! All you want to do is the squeeze game not the circle.
Each time he even puts on foot on the trailor...take pressure off, give him a praise, then ask for him to enter again.
Make sure you go through all the phases if necessary. I don't think it's a trust issue or that he's frightened of the trailer....it sounds like a dominance issue