Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I imagine four days travel has soured him to the idea of travelling at all. So time to temporarily stop travelling him when you 'need' to, quit lessons for a couple of weeks. Make yourself a plan on how you are going to give him confidence in loading and travelling again. Make sure that when you start a session you have all the time in the world, so that you stay calm and achieve success. Don't worry, you will no doubt succeed but it is time to back off a bit and deal with this travelling problem as a lesson in itself.
Ps I think, that yes I too would have continued until I got him loaded, and done exactly as you did - short journey, then back into the paddock.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.