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        04-30-2013, 05:11 PM
      #11
    Banned
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    Originally Posted by Kuro    
    i think you need more than just a few hour for that... horses are claustrophobic, and when the divider is opened, she feels that she could run away, otherwise.......

    So the big challenge here is to keep her very calm. She has to understand that she won't die... so I think that you have to let her move backwards, but it must be YOUR decision and not hers... so feel when she wants to go and ask her to move back before she does. And then, ask her to go inside again.
    She has to understand that the comfort is inside the trailer so when she wanna go out, make it uncomfortable.

    Don't know if it's clear... sorry for my english
    Nice to see you joining in Kuro.

    I very much agree Kuro. Some time... lots of time to get the horse more comfortable with the trailer and trailering would be for the best.

    The OP, Original Poster, is asking for fast and now ideas.
         
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        04-30-2013, 05:16 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Sereno    
    Nice to see you joining in Kuro.

    I very much agree Kuro. Some time... lots of time to get the horse more comfortable with the trailer and trailering would be for the best.

    The OP, Original Poster, is asking for fast and now ideas.
    I'd rather see the op take her time with this horse, as she stated this horse has had a traumatic trailer experience already. I wouldn't think tying her head and slamming the gate closed is going to make the experience a good one. Yess she would be loaded, no I don't think it would fix the problem long term.
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        04-30-2013, 05:18 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Yeah I understood, but maybe this approach would be faster than we could imagine
         
        04-30-2013, 05:22 PM
      #14
    Banned
    Breezy is your horse just leaning her butt over on the divider and not letting you guys push it shut?

    I'd walk her in then turn her head so her front quarters turn towards the back of the trailer forcing her butt over towards the front, just turn her ever so slightly to pull the butt off balance and make it move over then I'd close the divider and make her move her shoulder over. Did that make sense?
         
        04-30-2013, 05:23 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Thanks everyone, I am taking my time with her, we will take all the time it needs, but we would like her to be there sooner rather then later. We don't want her to be scared in the trailer. I will mention it to my boss to let her ride loose in it, and when we get there, during the summer I can work on her with loading properly.

    As for where I live in Sask. I am in a place where we only got a little snow last night, and now it is melted... and the roads are dry and safe. I live near Outlook, if you know where that is.
         
        04-30-2013, 05:24 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Please try and convince her to allow your horse to travel loose. If its her first few times trailering she still needs to find her balance. Tying her will probably not help her with finding her balance.

    My friend had a horse that was very well trained, tied well, trailered well, not spooky at all, but something spooked him in the trailer and he freaked out and hung himself to death.

    At fair practice last year someone tied their horse who wasn't the world's most respectful horse and they had a small trailer with no matts in it. The horse freaked out, fell in the trailer, and she was in such an awkward position that she couldn't get up. She tried once and kicked a window out, tried again and kicked another window out. Finally someone with common sense helped the horse with getting a rope around her legs and moving them to help her. They finally got her up and out, she damaged her leg pretty good.

    My show horse last year I always tied because I only had a stock trailer with no dividers and I put my tack in the front and I didn't want her to nose it and knock it over, but then again she is the type of horse that falls asleep the moment she walks into the trailer. Not kidding.

    When we first got our Thoroughbred mare we took up a friends 4-horse slant show trailer because we didn't have a trailer. We tied all the slants back and kept her loose the 5 hour ride home. She is a very claustophobic horse, we have a stock trailer which helps her a lot. But we tie her sometimes if she starts spinning in the trailer.

    These are just my experiences, but let your horse learn its balance in the trailer, then worry about your slants. Horses DO NOT like to be in small spaces.
         
        04-30-2013, 05:26 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
    Breezy is your horse just leaning her butt over on the divider and not letting you guys push it shut?

    I'd walk her in then turn her head so her front quarters turn towards the back of the trailer forcing her butt over towards the front, just turn her ever so slightly to pull the butt off balance and make it move over then I'd close the divider and make her move her shoulder over. Did that make sense?
    Yes this makes sense. It is not that she pushes or leans on it, but as soon as you start to close it, even if it isn't touching her, she will instantly try to back out.
         
        04-30-2013, 05:29 PM
      #18
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Breezy2011    
    Okay, so today we were suppose to be taking Breeze over to my boss's farm. Did not happen. Breeze has only been in a trailer once before, and it was kind of traumatizing for her, but today, after about an hour, she was going in it nice and calmly.

    The problem you may ask?

    The trailer is a 3 horse slant load, meaning she has to be on a slant to be able to close the divider. Every time she gets in, she loads straight, will turn around, but doesn't move her butt over far enough for the divider. Every time we try and either close it and shove her butt over, or just shove her butt over without the divider, she backs up and gets nervous...

    I need ideas!!! We are trying again tomorrow, so this is urgent! We were trying to get her in and over for 2.5-3 hours today.

    Help!
    Let us read this again with Bolding mine. What IS the problem? She backs out. "Slam" is my fault and should NOT have to be done. Once the horse is secured then closing the gate... gently and adjusting should/could be done.

    HAY... I'm only saying what I've found that works for me and three horses after ... months of all sorts of things.

    30 second load and NO trauma doing it. I'll make a vid later.

    AND no... I'm NOT an expert and I welcome all input about loading. BUT... can you load YOUR horse(s) in 30 seconds with ease?

         
        04-30-2013, 05:31 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Thrill Ride    
    Please try and convince her to allow your horse to travel loose. If its her first few times trailering she still needs to find her balance. Tying her will probably not help her with finding her balance.

    My friend had a horse that was very well trained, tied well, trailered well, not spooky at all, but something spooked him in the trailer and he freaked out and hung himself to death.

    At fair practice last year someone tied their horse who wasn't the world's most respectful horse and they had a small trailer with no matts in it. The horse freaked out, fell in the trailer, and she was in such an awkward position that she couldn't get up. She tried once and kicked a window out, tried again and kicked another window out. Finally someone with common sense helped the horse with getting a rope around her legs and moving them to help her. They finally got her up and out, she damaged her leg pretty good.

    My show horse last year I always tied because I only had a stock trailer with no dividers and I put my tack in the front and I didn't want her to nose it and knock it over, but then again she is the type of horse that falls asleep the moment she walks into the trailer. Not kidding.

    When we first got our Thoroughbred mare we took up a friends 4-horse slant show trailer because we didn't have a trailer. We tied all the slants back and kept her loose the 5 hour ride home. She is a very claustophobic horse, we have a stock trailer which helps her a lot. But we tie her sometimes if she starts spinning in the trailer.

    These are just my experiences, but let your horse learn its balance in the trailer, then worry about your slants. Horses DO NOT like to be in small spaces.
    I would like to let her just go loose in there, I will mention it to her that I have been getting advice and doing research and stuff and that the best option would be to let her go loose.
         
        04-30-2013, 05:42 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Breezy2011    

    As for where I live in Sask. I am in a place where we only got a little snow last night, and now it is melted... and the roads are dry and safe. I live near Outlook, if you know where that is.
    Wow, and the #11 isn't far from you and that was closed!
         

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