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post #1 of 5 Old 06-09-2012, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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EEE!! I'm so excited!! Tonight ( 6/9/12) My 5 year old mare Andie loaded into the trailer for the first time! My mom and I have been working with her twice a week every week for about 3 weeks. She loaded in perfectly and stood in the trailer for about 5 minutes- calm as can be :)- before I backed her out for the night.Right now,we leave the doors open so she doesn't feel trapped or feel the need to freak out.

My mom and I were wondering though, when do we know she's ready to have to doors shut with her in the trailer? She gets a little nervous sometimes still and will back out, but after I take her for a circle,she gets almost right back in and will stand good until I ask her to back out.--

Any tips or suggestions are welcomed! :)

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-09-2012, 07:02 PM
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sounds like she is ready! I applaud you guys for taking your time with her. positive experiences with atrailor will pay dividends for you and her in the future!!

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-09-2012, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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How should we go about closing the doors? Just once she's in shut them?- My only concern is that she will get scared or something and try to get out right away-(Maybe I'm just being over cautious though :P)

Thanks you! Just this past Thursday, she let the farrier trim all her hooves for the first as well! I've been doing a lot of ground work with her after school and on my spare time- It's really amazing to see just how much it really paid off! ;D

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How should we go about closing the doors? Just once she's in shut them?- My only concern is that she will get scared or something and try to get out right away-(Maybe I'm just being over cautious though :P)

Thanks you! Just this past Thursday, she let the farrier trim all her hooves for the first as well! I've been doing a lot of ground work with her after school and on my spare time- It's really amazing to see just how much it really paid off! ;D
that's awesome..she is building a strong trust bond with you!!
yep I would just close them, stay calm, talk to her calmly, then, let her out calmly & reward her!! release is the best reward in horse language..I don;t mean turn out I mean release her from the pressure...she did a good job so now its time for something she enjoys, brushing a nice back scratch, grazing, whatever she likes! you are doing fabulous! keep up the good work!!

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-09-2012, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Ok! Thanks so much for the advice! I will definately keep working with her :)

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