Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Where gravity is 9.81m/s^2
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. :)