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post #11 of 20 Old 09-10-2012, 11:12 AM
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I gotta say, I can empathize with your predicament OP. My mom and I just spent the over a month retraining our mare to load quietly and stand quietly on the trailer. We had her loading without hesitation, standing with the trailer all closed up quiet as could be.

Then we moved the trailer about 10 feet at an absolute crawl -- and she lost her mind. She wouldn't stop kicking and screaming for other horses even after the trailer was sitting there motionless for 20 minutes. Now we're back almost to square one, where she won't load all the way on the trailer and won't stand there anywhere near long enough to close the trailer up. It makes me want to rip my hair out.

The sad thing is, we have no choice but to move her in another week. Our boarding contract ends and she has to be moved to another facility. We thought we would be proactive by starting on her trailer training over a month in advance... but at this rate we'll be fortunate just to get her on the trailer, slam the doors closed behind her... and haul her temper tantrum meltdowning self all the way to the new barn. >_<
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post #12 of 20 Old 09-10-2012, 11:52 AM
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One time we went and got a mustang mare.
She ran in circles in the trailer the whole 5 hour drive.
We couldn't tie her because she was barely halter broke.
That was fun.

But as for your horse, pad her up and go o.O
And get out if the trailer or you're going to get hurt.
Dunno how stopping every time she gets nervous or off balance is going to help her learn.
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A long experienced rider after a big jumping venue at the Biltmore Estate went into the trailer with her horse and was carried out in a stretcher and was DOA.
IMO, you should link the story and not just make a blanket statement. I went in to load my horses in my trailer for decades without a mishap. ALL you do with this comment is frighten newbies. There are many online/tv trainers with methods to teach your horse to load himself, but it isn't as dangerous as getting in a room with a rabid dog. =/

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions, with the staying in there with her, the door was open and I wasn't right up close to her .

Corporal - I think she means staying in there with the horse while traveling, not just loading up.
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Throw another horse in the trailer and go for a good drive. The horse will only learn to be comfortable in the trailer if it spends some time in the trailer. It is ok for a horse to situate itself as the trailer begins to move. Drive smoothly and your horse will tow smoothly...

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Agreed. You should drive like you have an open-top bowl of goldfish on the front seat leaning against your leg. Slow starts, stop the cruise and coast to a long, slow stop, and slow, steady turns. I follow the truckers when I travel bc they can't start or stop slowly, either. Also, I let them in when there is construction, and we get to be travel buddies on a trip.

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Corporal - I think she means staying in there with the horse while traveling, not just loading up.
I've never done that. Might be interesting. =b

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IMO, you should link the story and not just make a blanket statement. I went in to load my horses in my trailer for decades without a mishap. ALL you do with this comment is frighten newbies. There are many online/tv trainers with methods to teach your horse to load himself, but it isn't as dangerous as getting in a room with a rabid dog. =/
Rider Trampled, Killed By Horse At Biltmore Estate | digtriad.com

There may be a bit more to this story that wasn't reported. I have a friend who was friends with the deceased woman & though she wasn't there at the time of the accident other friends that were there told her (my friend) what hapened.
I wasn't there but this is how the story was told. The woman was in the trailer with the horse & instead of leaving through a door she climbed on the horse's back & was sliding towards the back doors which were latched but open on the top half. Maybe to get out that way?

One can only imagine what the horse or the woman were thinking at the time.

I got this 3rd hand but I don't know why or how anyone would make that up.
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I gotta say, I can empathize with your predicament OP. My mom and I just spent the over a month retraining our mare to load quietly and stand quietly on the trailer. We had her loading without hesitation, standing with the trailer all closed up quiet as could be.

Then we moved the trailer about 10 feet at an absolute crawl -- and she lost her mind. She wouldn't stop kicking and screaming for other horses even after the trailer was sitting there motionless for 20 minutes. Now we're back almost to square one, where she won't load all the way on the trailer and won't stand there anywhere near long enough to close the trailer up. It makes me want to rip my hair out.

The sad thing is, we have no choice but to move her in another week. Our boarding contract ends and she has to be moved to another facility. We thought we would be proactive by starting on her trailer training over a month in advance... but at this rate we'll be fortunate just to get her on the trailer, slam the doors closed behind her... and haul her temper tantrum meltdowning self all the way to the new barn. >_<
Your horse will probably be completely trailer broke when you get there.
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Rider Trampled, Killed By Horse At Biltmore Estate | digtriad.com

There may be a bit more to this story that wasn't reported. I have a friend who was friends with the deceased woman & though she wasn't there at the time of the accident other friends that were there told her (my friend) what hapened.
I wasn't there but this is how the story was told. The woman was in the trailer with the horse & instead of leaving through a door she climbed on the horse's back & was sliding towards the back doors which were latched but open on the top half. Maybe to get out that way?

One can only imagine what the horse or the woman were thinking at the time.

I got this 3rd hand but I don't know why or how anyone would make that up.
That's horrible!! The poor lady.

I don't think I'd ever go in the same compartment as the other horse, I was in the front area and because ours is extended I was about 2meters away from her, and the door was unlatched so I could get out fast. But thank you for your story, a real eye opener on how easy and quick unlucky things can happen.
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