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post #11 of 29 Old 07-16-2013, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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I'm in west TN
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post #12 of 29 Old 07-16-2013, 09:54 PM
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post #13 of 29 Old 07-16-2013, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much! There is one on the list only an hour away....I just have to find someone to show me how to get her loaded :)
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post #14 of 29 Old 07-16-2013, 11:04 PM
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Ack, you've got a mess. But it can be fixed. Just gotta take her back to the beginning. :) as for loading, if you've got time and you don't feel like you have to do it immeadietly, try parking your trailer in the pasture and open the doors. Put her feed bucket just right inside the door. When she's comfortable with that, move it a little farther back, then a little farther, etc, until she will get in the trailer to eat. Then start telling her to load up every time you feed her, soon shell be loading on command! My gelding was a pain to load up for the longest time, but after doing this with him I had him loading on command. Just take your time and be gentle with her. I'm sure some of the others have better advice on that point, but that's just my 2 cents.
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post #15 of 29 Old 07-17-2013, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Great news! I was able to find out who her original trainer was and get in contact with him. He was very surprised by the trouble she is giving me, especially loading in a trailer. He says despite her vision she has always loaded into an enclosed trailer. He agreed to come by this afternoon and help us both!
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post #16 of 29 Old 07-18-2013, 02:10 PM
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Sounds like you have a lot of great people willing to help you. I hope all goes well and we'd love pictures and updates if possible!
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post #17 of 29 Old 07-18-2013, 06:20 PM
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Did the trainer come out? If so how did it go?
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post #18 of 29 Old 07-19-2013, 01:18 AM
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For your situation, the best thing would be to work with a trainer, or have her sent out for 30 days training so someone can work on a few things with her. If you are going to work on your own, I would start with a lot of lunge line work, which would allow to work her on the right rein, work on a bend and have w/t/c in that direction, all while working on a woah.
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post #19 of 29 Old 07-20-2013, 04:38 AM
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I think that the first thing to do would be a vet check. If that has been done sorry to suggest it. First Vet. Second Trainer to work with you and her at the same time. See if you can get them to come to your place to work with you both. Trailering can come later. Curious does she not turn in the direction of the blind eye?
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post #20 of 29 Old 07-20-2013, 10:35 AM
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Wonderful that the original owner is willing to come help you!

As Lightning suggested, a good starting place would be a vet check. Most equine vets make farm calls so that will save you the loading issue for now. Besides, it's good to establish a relationship with a vet early. If you are going to have a horse, you are going to require the services of a vet and at the point of emergency is no time to start looking! And a chiropractor would probably make calls also.

I'm glad you are willing to take lessons. If you find an instructor/trainer for yourself he/she will probably have some good advice as to helping the horse or be able to point you in the right direction to someone who can help. The perfect deal would be someone who could do both, help you and the horse.

Taking on a horse with issues can be a challenge for an experienced horseman. So you do have your work cut out for you. For most of us here the combination of a green horse (let alone one with issues) and a green owner makes our hair stand on end, so please understand that some comments might seem abrupt. Mostly we want to help. We all started someplace. Read all you can, get DVDs, watch videos, ask experienced horse people, be patient with your horse and yourself and be consistent with what and how you ask, but remember one thing...She is not a pet. She is a large strong animal that can do serious damage often out of fear and frustration. Horses respect leadership. You can love on 'em, but they must always be below you in the pecking order.

Good luck with her, and keep us posted!
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