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  • Trailering an ex racehorse
  • Ex race horse trailer claustrophobia

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    04-24-2012, 09:27 AM
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Green Broke
If you truly feel you have "tried everything out there" and want a "professional opinion", I suggest you employ the assistance of a professional trainer to work with the horse and yourself on this issue *shrugs*
     
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    04-24-2012, 12:45 PM
  #2
Foal
Trailering

I have a Thoroughbred, and he doesn't want to get on the trailer AT ALL! He's an ex racehorse.
I think he may be claustrophobic, but I'm not 100% sure.
Any advice to get him on the trailer would be greatly appreciated as he is know being used as a show horse (hunter/ jumper, pleasure)
Advice is greatly appreciated! And thanks in advance!
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    04-24-2012, 12:47 PM
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Green Broke
What sort of trailer are you trying to load him onto? Is it a slant or straight-load, how tall, now many horse, ramp/step-up etc. What loading technique are you using?
     
    04-24-2012, 01:21 PM
  #4
Weanling
All horses are naturally claustrophobic. Work on some lunging with him in some tight spaces, like between you and the fence, and over new textures like a tarp. Once these are mastered do the same thing next to the trailer. Pretend like it's not even there. If at any point he stops to check out the trailer LET HIM. Once he stops, continue moving his feet. Eventually you can start lunging him to where he's pointed to go into the trailer. If he goes in a step, let him check it out, and then back him off. This is so you can be sure that when you get him on he will come back off. Check out Clinton Andersons trailer loading videos. They are very helpful. Good luck!
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    04-24-2012, 01:39 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by themacpack    
What sort of trailer are you trying to load him onto? Is it a slant or straight-load, how tall, now many horse, ramp/step-up etc. What loading technique are you using?
Okay, so I'm trying to load him on 2 horse straight load, stock trailer, that is a step up.
The trailer is tall enough for him, he reared up one day and his his head just on the inside of the door. And technique, everything my riding instructor can think of.
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    04-24-2012, 01:41 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Bridgertrot    
All horses are naturally claustrophobic. Work on some lunging with him in some tight spaces, like between you and the fence, and over new textures like a tarp. Once these are mastered do the same thing next to the trailer. Pretend like it's not even there. If at any point he stops to check out the trailer LET HIM. Once he stops, continue moving his feet. Eventually you can start lunging him to where he's pointed to go into the trailer. If he goes in a step, let him check it out, and then back him off. This is so you can be sure that when you get him on he will come back off. Check out Clinton Andersons trailer loading videos. They are very helpful. Good luck!
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Thanks! But he will lunge by it just fine, but once he sees the door open and I try and make him go towards it, he stalls and won't do anything now. But thanks I will definitely check out those videos.
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    04-24-2012, 01:46 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by pinkjumperboots    
Okay, so I'm trying to load him on 2 horse straight load, stock trailer, that is a step up.
The trailer is tall enough for him, he reared up one day and his his head just on the inside of the door. And technique, everything my riding instructor can think of.
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That is often a big part of the problem - throwing everything but the kitchen sink at a problem can further confuse the situation and leave the horse more frustrated/apprehensive about loading.

We have a 2-horse, straight load, "tall" trailer - brought it home and DD's TB decides she HATES it. Front half was loading just fine, back half not so much. Honestly, I think a big part of it was that she felt she was not going to "fit" all the way up/in there because the trailer felt short (length, not height, wise) to her. We just started feeding her in the trailer - using her morning and evening "meals" of the good stuff as the big temptation. She got tired of standing at the odd angle and decided she'd be more comfortable with all four feet on the trailer, problem solved. Now that she knows she can step up comfortably and how to pace herself/place her feet so she doesn't feel off balance (she was taking BIG strides with her backs when she would attempt to step on and getting all under herself in the small space), she loads easy as can be. We tried the CA type approach and it just did not click for her. She was more than willing to load on other types of trailers (big open stocks that were longer, slants, etc), but the ONE trailer we actually bought she hated, go figure.
     
    04-24-2012, 01:57 PM
  #8
Trained
How tall is your trailer in numbers? If your trailer is shorter than 7'6" there isn't a hope that he'll load into it.
Only the kindest old farts that have been in more trailers than they can count are going to load into anything shorter (this is horses over 16hh).

After that you need to pick a method and stick to it. What has always worked for me is patience and practice and a properly sized horse trailer. My horse was in a trailering accident, so understandably we had "loading issues". He would get so frantic and worked up and start pacing in front of the door to the trailer, trying to run off, etc. I made him halt in front of the trailer, facing into the door and waited. I corrected him if he stepped sideways or back and praised any forward steps. Now I just chuck the lead rope over his neck and stand back so I don't get trampled while he's leaping onto the trailer!! Some horses might benefit from the lunging method mentioned above, but I've always had the most success with just being patient. Budget an hour for loading and then just chill out like you have alllll day. Having a patient attitude is half the battle with loading horses.

Good luck!
     
    04-24-2012, 01:58 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by themacpack    
That is often a big part of the problem - throwing everything but the kitchen sink at a problem can further confuse the situation and leave the horse more frustrated/apprehensive about loading.

We have a 2-horse, straight load, "tall" trailer - brought it home and DD's TB decides she HATES it. Front half was loading just fine, back half not so much. Honestly, I think a big part of it was that she felt she was not going to "fit" all the way up/in there because the trailer felt short (length, not height, wise) to her. We just started feeding her in the trailer - using her morning and evening "meals" of the good stuff as the big temptation. She got tired of standing at the odd angle and decided she'd be more comfortable with all four feet on the trailer, problem solved. Now that she knows she can step up comfortably and how to pace herself/place her feet so she doesn't feel off balance (she was taking BIG strides with her backs when she would attempt to step on and getting all under herself in the small space), she loads easy as can be. We tried the CA type approach and it just did not click for her. She was more than willing to load on other types of trailers (big open stocks that were longer, slants, etc), but the ONE trailer we actually bought she hated, go figure.
We didn't throw everything at him at once, and I tried the whole putting his feed in the trailer and it didn't work, we've also tried backing the trailer to his stall so he would have to go in it for food, but he just gave up on eating so we had to stop it. I really just need someone to explain some good techniques that they have done!
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    04-24-2012, 02:28 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
How tall is your trailer in numbers? If your trailer is shorter than 7'6" there isn't a hope that he'll load into it.
Only the kindest old farts that have been in more trailers than they can count are going to load into anything shorter (this is horses over 16hh).

After that you need to pick a method and stick to it. What has always worked for me is patience and practice and a properly sized horse trailer. My horse was in a trailering accident, so understandably we had "loading issues". He would get so frantic and worked up and start pacing in front of the door to the trailer, trying to run off, etc. I made him halt in front of the trailer, facing into the door and waited. I corrected him if he stepped sideways or back and praised any forward steps. Now I just chuck the lead rope over his neck and stand back so I don't get trampled while he's leaping onto the trailer!! Some horses might benefit from the lunging method mentioned above, but I've always had the most success with just being patient. Budget an hour for loading and then just chill out like you have alllll day. Having a patient attitude is half the battle with loading horses.

Good luck!
He's a 15.3 thoroughbred and he fits in it just fine, not sure how tall it is.
I've tried sticking to a certain method and I've tried going at it for an hour but nothing is working.
I need a professional opinion that is guaranteed to work!
Ivetried basically everything out there!
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