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post #1 of 3 Old 10-09-2009, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Trailering Billie (training)

I figured I'd share this. Billie, as perfect as she is, has one big issue. She doesn't like trailers. We've been trying to remedy the vice, but positive reinforcement has only gotten us so far. The new technique, using negative reinforcement (good behavior = stop of "bad" thing) seems to be working. I got this video during our second session. It is stressful for her, I know, but you can see her starting to get the idea. And in the end, I know it could save us a trailer accident if she should ever NEED to be trailered for an emergency. First session took about an hour and twenty minutes until Billie, typical stubborn appy, decided that she was tired enough to go fully into the scary box. Second session a week later was MUCH quicker. She got in for the first time shortly into the session, and pretty soon she was wanting to be in. I didn't catch a clip of the best moment when she refused to come OUT, but it was pretty hilarious.

Either way, without further ado, here's a clip from training session #2

Just thought I'd share. I am very proud of her and so thankful to the people who have helped us! I'm not nearly coordinated enough at the present moment to get her to do that passing!

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-09-2009, 10:55 PM
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Looks like you did a good job. She wants to go in, she doesn't look stressed to me, and she's not bolting when she's comeing out. Right on, another technique for horses with trailering issues. Not one method works for everyone.

thanks for shareing this.
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-12-2009, 04:23 PM
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my sister had a arab gelding that you could not get to go in a trailer not for food or any other reason so we were going to the park to ride and of course the horse decided that he didn't want to go not for love nor money was he getting in that trailer so my sis out of frustration picked up a handfull of gravel and started bouncing them off of his rump easy like (just tossing them at him) when he would step foward she stopped when he went back she started in again pretty soon he hopped right in we had to do that a time or two but it worked it was so funny to see her with a hand full of rocks in her pocket (just in case)
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