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post #1 of 8 Old 07-31-2008, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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how do you sell a horse that wont get in the trailer

My friend has a horse that she keeps at our house and she want to sell it she is a really nice mare and alot of poeple want her but she wont get in the horse trailer how do we sell her if she can't go anywhere and trust me we have tried everything please I need you advice???
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-31-2008, 01:44 PM
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That's a tough one. I hate to oversimplify but I really think that trailoring is a "must know" for most horses. She will be worth 2x the price if she will just get in the dang trailer! I understand your frustration but it really is one of those things that is a deal breaker...at least for me. My advice is to teach the horse to trailer...I don't know how to sell one that doesn't...HOW will the new owners get it home??? LOL...what a mess huh?! I sure do feel for ya!

I know its not the "preferred method" of training...BUT, can you feed the horse in the trailer for a while? I'm out of ideas other than that.

I wish you good luck!

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post #3 of 8 Old 07-31-2008, 06:48 PM
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Hmmm

Will she load with food and a companion.
Dunno how to sell one Lol but you will probs have to teach her like that comment ^^^^^^says :P

If times get really hard and your fed up of it I would say get a horse whisperer. The only problem with that is it costs a bob or twoo.

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post #4 of 8 Old 07-31-2008, 07:37 PM
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I would say work with her on getting in and out of the trailer, maybe you could work her and then, when she gets in the trailer she gets to relax so then the trailer becomes a good place for her to be.

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post #5 of 8 Old 07-31-2008, 07:48 PM
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There are tons of methods out there on how to train to trailer load. With time, effort, and patience I'm sure one of the methods would work. You just have to find one that works for your mare otherwise you will probably never be able to sell her.

Sometimes its just a matter of feeding them good stuff on there - sweet feed or other treats. First couple times fed at the point where they just stick their head in (as far as they will stick it in) and slowly move it further and further back day by day until she is finally on. It may take time but this is sometimes the least stressful way of teaching it and the trailer then becomes a good thing. But no treats would be allowed anywbhere but on the trailer.
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-31-2008, 09:54 PM
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Is there any way to put the trailer in her turnout area and putting all her food in the trailer so she has to go in it to eat? I've seen a few horses get over their fear just by doing this.
Otherwise, make sure the trailer is as unimposing as possible - take out any dividers you can, open any doors at the other end, make sure there is no way she can slip on the flooring.. you know, the basics.
If you can, load another horse on first, and see if that works.
Having a bum rope (lunge line or the equivalent) go around their hindquarters to push them from behind sometimes works as well.
Some people will have no problem buying a hard loader as long as the price is right.
Personally, I hate hard loaders.. so best of luck to your friend!


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post #7 of 8 Old 08-01-2008, 10:09 AM
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I rescued a horse a few years ago, and it took my barn owner and I over an hour and a half to load her...we almost had to leave without her (scary thought, considering her situation). Less than 2 months later, my BO made me sell her, due to severe aggression issues, and liability. I had a girl come to pick her up, told her she wouldn't load in the open...she tried for over na hour, with no luck, and left without her. 2 weeks later, I made a trade for a yearly colt...backed the trailer up to the barn, opened it up and closed the barn doors around the trailer. Had the mare loaded in less than 5 min. Took her off, and got her back on instantly. Did have a friend on with her, but that method made a huge difference, and saved tons of time
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-01-2008, 03:31 PM
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Since you've tried it all, get a bigger trailer -- anyone there have a livestock trailer? Put fresh hay in it for the welcoming smell, back it up to the barn or arena door and walk her in. If the situ doesn't call for training for whatever reason, this will get her out anyway to someone else who can work on the problem.
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