For those of you who have been following me and my horse Andie on here, our training has been going very well. At the end of the season last Fall I got her to load into the trailer by myself ( I'm 16 I might add ) we had a small set back when we took her down the road in the trailer. Not knowing it was to long of a distance we ended up spooking her to the point she did not wish to load again.
This season she has done way better than I expected. Just two days ago was the first time we brought her out to the trailer again and she loaded right up! ( We keep the doors open for now). She is doing very well but It's obvious she's nervous standing in there even with her pasture pal, a 30 year old pony who is very calm.
What would be the best way to work her up to being able to stand with the doors closed? Right now she will step in and stand for a while before backing out. With in 30 seconds she steps in again and repeats- She's happy doing this routine but I'm not sure how she will react with the doors closed. Also, if we do get the chance to close the doors, should we latch it?
Any tips or suggestions are greatly appreciated! :)