I have a 5 year old half arab half warmblood that I got at the end of October. In training we have been doing really really well and my trainer decided to get us to our first show. But, he was never taken off the farm he was born on until we bought him. We got a vet check done and he passed with flying colors, but when his owner brought him to my barn, he had said that they gave him a little tranquilizer to make the trip easier. Yes I understand that it was not a good idea to buy a horse that we were not sure would load, but it happened.
Anyway, so our first show together was in a week and we wanted this horse to get into the trailer. So we hired a friend of my trainers who rescues mustangs and trains them to make them great horses. This guy could load my horse up in a snap if he needed to, and I could do it too when he was around. But when the show was here, we needed him in. It took me an hour to get him in that morning. The constant problem we keep having is him stopping half way in. He will put two feet, sometimes three in, but doesn't load all the way in. Its a two horse slant load trailer with lots of room for him to fit, so that is not the issue. But whenever someone adds pressure from behind, he backs out right away. The guy we hired has suggested lounging him in, or trying different things to get him to put in all four feet in, and it will work the first time, but the next time I try it, it doesn't work. When we got to the show it took us almost three hours to get that darn horse in the trailer. I tried EVERYTHING I could think of to get him in, and nothing worked. Eventually though, we were getting threatened because our trailer was parked on the grass instead of the cement (I know, its ridiculous) so we had to use a lounge line behind his butt to ultimately get him in. It's awful, and not the way I wanted to end that great day, but we had to do something.
So my question is, how can I avoid him backing out when pressure is added from behind to get all four feet in? If anyone has had similar stories like this, and knows how to help, please share!
Thank you so much for any advice (: