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post #1 of 10 Old 10-20-2009, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Trailering in dark

Yes, yes, I know it's kinda dumb question... I have to trailer Jemma to the new trainer on Thu for the lesson and unfortunately we have to leave REALLY early (like 6+ am), when it's still dark (we have no lights around the neighborhood). So my question is does she need any preparation for that? I'm somewhat concerned she may be scared to load in dark trailer... Or it's all just kinda stupid thoughts? I never trailered/loaded horses in dark, so just wondering...
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-20-2009, 12:15 PM
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When me and my mare show, some of them ran until 10pm, and it was well dark then! She really didnt have any trouble loading in the dark, but we had gotten to the show when it was still light out.

I would just say practice loading her at night, and see how she is.

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post #3 of 10 Old 10-20-2009, 12:20 PM
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I second practicing loading when it's dark. It's better to practice and be somewhat sure that she'll be fine, then to end up working on that for 2-3 hours
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post #4 of 10 Old 10-20-2009, 12:21 PM
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I agree..just practice in the dark. I sometimes leave with the horses at 3am to go fox hunting & none of them care about loading in the dark

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Make sure that when you approach the trailer that you are just expecting her to go in like every other time. I think alot of people psych themselves out when they're doing something different with thier horses.

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post #6 of 10 Old 10-20-2009, 01:46 PM
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Make sure that when you approach the trailer that you are just expecting her to go in like every other time. I think alot of people psych themselves out when they're doing something different with thier horses.
good point !

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Make sure that when you approach the trailer that you are just expecting her to go in like every other time. I think alot of people psych themselves out when they're doing something different with thier horses.
I completely agree! Just walk in/ up to the trailer as you would anyother time. And practice!

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post #8 of 10 Old 10-20-2009, 02:37 PM
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Horses have much better night vision than we do. However, you might be a little nervous and end up making her a little nervous. A few practice runs won't hurt but she should be fine!
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post #9 of 10 Old 10-20-2009, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Make sure that when you approach the trailer that you are just expecting her to go in like every other time. I think alot of people psych themselves out when they're doing something different with thier horses.
It's a really good point. Thanks! I find myself too overreacting sometime to new things with horses.

Thank you, All! I will try to load her tonight and tomorrow before Thu to see how she'll do. At least I'll be able to re-schedule the lesson to weekend if everything will go too bad and will require more time to teach her.
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post #10 of 10 Old 10-20-2009, 03:19 PM
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It never seemed to bother our mares, but good luck... you never know what can happen.

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