Join Date: May 2009
Location: Manitoba, Canada
I completely agree with the approach and retreat method for a horse that's genuinely scared...but in a time crunch where there's sadly not enough time to train as they go, just get her in and deal with it at home where you HAVE the time to back the trailer up to a round pen and place her food and water in it.
For some horses, they just don't like it so they figure they don't have to. Umm, sorry, but no. You're the horse and you go IN the trailer thank you. I have patience for fear or a lack of understanding, if the horse has never loaded then yes, take your time. But for example, Eve just didn't WANT to so she planted her feet and basically gave me the finger!
We used the lungelines that time just to haul her in to get where we were going, and once there spent a couple weeks with a lungeline looped through the front tie ring so when she HAULED back, we had the leverage to be like "naw, you go in still" and yes, she reared and threw a fit, there was potential for her to get hurt. But I see her bonking her head and learning going in quiet is her best option BETTER than me getting run over as she bolts backwards out of the trailer for no reason. I understand being patient and doing things the "right" way, but my safety comes first and she was being dangerous simply because she didn't feel like loading. Not acceptable.
Sorry for the mini rant, just had to clarify that this method was not used on a scared horse...merely a stubborn one.
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