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  • My arabian horse started training and now won't load in the trailer
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    09-15-2010, 01:15 PM
  #1
Foal
Why won't he load !?!?!?

My boy used to be an amazing loader, would walk right on like a champ... recently he's been a turd about loading on. First I thought it was cause of a step up trailer and he didnt like it, but then when I was trying to take him to the show on a ramp trailer he was being naughty then as well!

It was worse after the show where he would take two steps on and not budge then he started rearing and getting dangerous. I was pretty pissed cause he used to be so great about it and just load on.

Is it because we don't trailer him often? What can I do? Also he rather turn around then back up.

Pleeeeeease help!
     
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    09-15-2010, 01:30 PM
  #2
Showing
I doubt it's because you're not trailering him that often. A good loader will stay a good loader, regardless of how long it's been since they've been on a trailer.

It could be that whoever's hauling doesn't really know what they're doing, and they've made it uncomfortable for him. Fast starts, sudden stops, and taking turns too narrowly and with too much speed will make any horse trailer-sour after awhile.

For some reason he's come to associate the trailer with being uncomfortable. It's up to you to figure out why.

My horses would all rather turn around than back off the trailer. I don't let them, it's as simple as that.

Bottom line is that a good loader does not suddenly become difficult to load without a reason.
     
    09-15-2010, 01:30 PM
  #3
Yearling
He may associate the trailer with stress, or stressful situations. Or there mya be something he just doesn't like about the trailer. I had serious problems loading the saddlebred I used to have, and he was a show horse that had been trailered often. Once he had to be tranquilized to get him back on a trailer to take him home from a ride. And even after 2 shots, I had to remove the center divider and back him in, only to be shut in behind him to turn him around to tie him. Rookie loaded just fine when I went to pick him up; but the trailer was actually too small for him. I went and got a bigger trailer (a step up slant like he was used to). He would NOT load without me putting a rope around his but. About a month after I got the trailer, I took the hay bag out and forgot to put it back in before I went to load him. He walked right on. So now, I take the haybag out and just rehang it after I get him on. It's working out SOOOOOOOO much better.

Good luck with getting him to load easily. I know it can be a pain.
     
    09-15-2010, 01:33 PM
  #4
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
I doubt it's because you're not trailering him that often. A good loader will stay a good loader, regardless of how long it's been since they've been on a trailer.

It could be that whoever's hauling doesn't really know what they're doing, and they've made it uncomfortable for him. Fast starts, sudden stops, and taking turns too narrowly and with too much speed will make any horse trailer-sour after awhile.

For some reason he's come to associate the trailer with being uncomfortable. It's up to you to figure out why.

My horses would all rather turn around than back off the trailer. I don't let them, it's as simple as that.

A good loader does not suddenly become difficult to load without a reason.
I agree 100%. Over the years I have picked up many horses deemed 'difficult' to load. We have never had a problem with the horse after the initial haul. The horses here have the opposite problem and don't want to wait their turn to get on the trailer.
     
    09-15-2010, 01:38 PM
  #5
Weanling
My first guess would be that he is being hauled poorly. Taking off to fast, stopping to quick, taking curves too sharp, all of this will make a horse that usually loads well be reluctant to load; because they are being thrown around in the trailer. The first issue that needs to be solved is how he is being hauled. Make sure that he is being hauled properly, then address his loading issues. Chances are once he is hauled properly for a few trips, he will start loading well again.
     
    09-15-2010, 01:58 PM
  #6
Foal
I really hope so.. we're going to go on a day ride in the forest and he's getting trailered there. I cross my fingers he'll behave.. I'm worried.
     
    09-15-2010, 02:02 PM
  #7
Foal
Also.. he WONT back up.. ): So in order to get him out we kinda have to
     
    09-15-2010, 02:04 PM
  #8
Showing
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.
     
    09-15-2010, 02:10 PM
  #9
Banned
Another vote that something made riding in the trailer a not so pleasant experience for him.
     
    09-15-2010, 02:42 PM
  #10
Yearling
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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!
     

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