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post #1 of 2 Old 09-29-2012, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question Trailering The Spooky Horse - Help!

Licorice is super spooky, he's afraid of everything. It's hard to take him new places because he flips his lid at anything different than what he's used. My goals for him is to take him on trail rides with my aunt and uncle, who live up the road from me, and then take him to ride with a friend of mine who lives a little farther away. Eventually I'd like to take him to a couple of fair shows, but I want to see how the riding away from home goes first. Our only obstacle - the trail. He'll hop into a stock trailer without a fuss, but anything with a ramp and divider is a no go. I've tried everything under the sun to get him in one. I've sat in the trailer shaking a bucket of grain for four hours, after which he only got his whole body in for about two seconds before hightailing it out. I've even backed the trailer up to the barn shoot so he had no where to go. Just to get him, I had to have the help of my grandfather, dad and the previous owner come and push him with a rope. When it came time to trailer him to the barn he's at now, I had to rent out a stock trailer to make the move go smooth. He will not step onto the ramp to get into a horse trailer, he'll look at it and snort, but that's about it. The three trailers I am able to rent out from friends and family are all horse trailers with ramps and dividers, and if I plan to take him riding away from home, I'm going to have to get him into one. I would like to be able to do it myself, without the assistance of three other people and a rope. Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 2 Old 09-29-2012, 12:05 PM
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Sorry, the only suggestion I can give you is to use a stock or slant load trailer. I never have any problems with loading but I believe it is because I only use those type of trailers and I haul my horses up & down the countryside weekly by myself. As far as your horse "flipping his lid" when you take him somewhere different, I would take him EVERYWHERE different & tie him up to the trailer & let him stew in his own juices until he figures it out. Good luck.
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