Well,l I got my new standardbred two weeks ago. He came up on a transport and when we went to pick him up in our float (think you guys call it a trailer?) he didnt walk straight on, which I thought he would, as Id been told how quiet he was etc. Anyhow, we got him on with someone on either side behind and a tap with a stick. I was also surprised how bad his groundwork is, he was all over the top of me.
I assumed this was because he had just done 4 days travel and who could blame him not wanting to get on a float. But today I had a lesson scheduled and same thing, no way he's going on the float. I had one helper to tap him from behind, but he straight away started twisting off to the other side. I have been working flat out and also trying to let him acclimatize to the heat so I havnt done any groundwork with him. The lesson was supposed to be the start of that. At one stage he ripped the leadrope out of my hand and ran back into his paddock. I went and got him and then started making him do groundwork in front of the float. Every now and then I took him to the float again. He gets as far as two feet on the ramp, then backs up. So I just kept making him back up, do circles etc (in the hot sun!) after about two hours he gave in and got on the float!! By then it was too late for my riding lesson so I drove him around the block, put him back in his paddock and told him he's a good boy.
Was I correct to keep going till he got on the float? (I just figured otherwise he'd won)
And what methods can I use now that I know its a problem? (I have to float him again tomorrow!)