Originally Posted by Speed Racer
Sure he'll back up. He just has your number, and is refusing because he can.
I don't LET mine turn around in the trailer, period. YOU'RE the alpha, YOU'RE the one who makes the rules. Don't let him get away with telling you how things are going to work.
I agree. My 68 yo friend has had her horse for 14 years. He's a pretty big horse too. The whole time she's been swinging the center divider around for him so he can fumble to turn around just to JUMP off the trailer. When I trailered him on a camping trip a couple of weeks ago, he was in the back (Rook in the front). He HAD to back off, and I wouldn't let him try to run me over to turn around. He actually backed off pretty calmly for me when he finally realized he had to do it.
I have let Rook turn around to come off of the trailer a couple of times. But it's always been when we get back to the barn after a particullary hard ride. I only do that because he feels like he has to get on his tippy toes in the back to actually back off. It's pretty funny. If he could stand upright on those tippy toes, he'd make an excellent ballerina!