As some of you may know I'm planning to take my 6yo mare out to riders club for the first time. She's been sitting in a paddock for 4 months because I haven't had time to work her and my older mare who I'm hunting. The plan is 20 sessions in 14 days.
Worked on some float loading for an hour and a half.
We'd done a little bit previously she's been floated twice,once chased on with a broom as a yearling.
There was a bit of resistance but took it nice and slow and she calmly stepped in, she was delighted to find the the hay bag too!
Got her in a few times but she kept wandering out again, not rushing just walking straight through the carrot stick tapping. I upped the anty a bit and when she next came out gave her a good hard crack she went back in. She went to back out again and at the tap walked back in.
That fine line between taking it easy and making her listen!
Then was able to step out the float and grab the breaching door. She tried to back out a few times while I was fiddling but a few more taps on the bum fixed it.
Took her for a drive around the driveway, not helped by the other horses screamed at her.
Realized that she was the smaller horse so I'd have to load her into the other bay, started all over again.
Lots of in, stand, close and open doors, stand some more then back out and repeat. After about 15 mins she got the point and it was only a case of sending her in and she self loaded!
Popped her in with the other mare going and was able to load an offload both with no dramas.
I did have a very good reminder to not hang onto her head as I loaded her! That caused some issues in the beginning.
Really happy with how she went though.