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    04-23-2008, 06:59 PM
  #1
Foal
Trailer training road block

When I got my now 20 year old Arab gelding 3 years ago, he was (of what I can remember) a dream for the first-time-horse-owner. That was until we tried trailering him to his new home. Unfortunately, I hadn't thought of the trailering part until after we bought him. So, with ropes and whips, his previous owner's broker (who trains horses) shoved him into our 2-horse slant-load trailer. He's never left our property since. I have gradually been working with him to load for the past six-months (I haven't been as consistent as I should, so it's been slow going) and he's been doing great. However, I'm kind of stuck now. I can send him into the trailer, but he wants to rush back out. But, if I send him in, then say "whoa," he'll stop. Then I go in and pet him for about 30 seconds to a minute and then back him out. I'm not sure what the next step should be.

Should I tie him or close the butt bar or ?? Any advice would be much apreciated. :)
     
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    04-23-2008, 10:14 PM
  #2
Trained
I wouldn't tie him just yet in case he panics. Have you tried feeding him in the trailer to give him a reason to stay in there?
     
    04-23-2008, 10:27 PM
  #3
Foal
Hi
It really is not a fun job to trailer train a horse is it... any way when I was taught how to teach tommy to load this is what we did...
First started buy driving him no leading him so he would move forwardsonce he got his feet on to the ramp I asked him to stand and went from there gradually getting further in, so say he would one time get all four feet on the ramp id ask him to stand then either continue up or back off, to make him listen not just rush up and out.
I would also have the partition over to one side and when he was all the way in I would then move it over and put my hand across his bum in the same way the bar would so he would get to know the next step.
(i hope this makes sense)
I was taught to have a signal to ask them to come out such as a tap on the bum with a command or a tug of the tail, then they will learn to only come out with this.
What ever you do don't rush it, when you do get to putting the bum bar across don't latch it the first few time cos if he does try to come out you don't want him trapped and then to panic.
I would also when I got to putting the bum bar across, give him a carrot and big pats so he had some thing to think of at first and constantly tell him to stand.
Also don't tie him before the ramp goes up.
All these thing really helped me and my horse who had a bad accident in a float while float training. (the trainer tried to force him in tied him in and when he paniced and tried to come out he hurt himself and the float)
     
    04-24-2008, 05:42 PM
  #4
Showing
You need to teach him that staying inside the trailer is a "good thing". Get a big bucket of feed and feed him once he is inside. Do that until he is comfortable eating a full bucket of feed in one sitting. You will need someone to close the trailer while you are inside feeding him.

Once he gets comfortable with the trailer closed, he should be good to go.

The main thing is for him to associate the inside of the trailer with being fed. With time you can eventually remove the feed.

Good Luck :)
     
    04-26-2008, 02:12 AM
  #5
Foal
Thanks you guys! I kind of want to steer away from food, though. But there may not be any other way that I can do it. Before, we would feed him out of it. Now that I think of it, that might had been working better than what I'm doing now.
     
    04-26-2008, 03:32 AM
  #6
Yearling
I just glanced through the posts, so I may have missed if someone else said this, but...be sure NOT to tie him before closing the but bar. Always close the but bar and then tie, so that he is not tempted to freak out, pull back, break the tie, hit his head on the trailer ceiling. They seem to be much more accepting of the but bar securing them (when they are ready) than being tied in an open trailer.

Everyone else's advice is really good. Just stand there with him once he loads, and remind him to whoa.. gradually increasing the time he spends in the trailer. And I definitely cannot say enough for the trailer being associated with a special place where they get to eat. My horses LOVE LOVE LOVE the trailer, and their training involves learning to wait until they are given permission to go in. (there is often, but not always, hay in our mangers. Our horses also like going new places a lot) :)

Good luck.
     
    04-26-2008, 11:41 AM
  #7
Showing
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Originally Posted by AKPaintLover
I just glanced through the posts, so I may have missed if someone else said this, but...be sure NOT to tie him before closing the but bar. Always close the but bar and then tie, so that he is not tempted to freak out, pull back, break the tie, hit his head on the trailer ceiling. They seem to be much more accepting of the but bar securing them (when they are ready) than being tied in an open trailer.

Everyone else's advice is really good. Just stand there with him once he loads, and remind him to whoa.. gradually increasing the time he spends in the trailer. And I definitely cannot say enough for the trailer being associated with a special place where they get to eat. My horses LOVE LOVE LOVE the trailer, and their training involves learning to wait until they are given permission to go in. (there is often, but not always, hay in our mangers. Our horses also like going new places a lot) :)

Good luck.
Good point, I missed typing this one out. I never tied the horses I was training to trailer until the first actual trailer ride. Until then there isnt anywhere for them to go once the bar is down so to urge for the side of safety leave him untied AND it shouldnt be a problem as you should be with him anyways.
     

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