Trailers and Bridges and Puddles, oh my!
Hi everybody! My name is Madison and my first horse's name is Prince Remington "Remy". He's 2 and I've had him for about a month. I love him so much! He's so level headed and sweet and willing. I don't ride him yet so I've been taking him out on long walks and trails and hikes. :) But we have some issues with whenever he is asked to get in a trailer, or cross (or even confront!) a bridge or puddle, he starts rearing and pulling and hurting himself! :( Just last night I was trying to coax him across a small bridge over a few rocks in the forest. I pull gently and when there's no response I pull more and more until he steps forward, then I release pressure and praise. Repeat. When he gets real close or gets sick of it though, he starts pulling way back and sometimes rearing. :( Then he slipped back onto a rock and got a nasty little gash right above his back hoof. When I saw blood I felt so bad and starting comforting him and took him straight back to the farm, washed it, and put biodine on it. I'm determined to get him okay with these things and we will be going back to the bridge every day now. It's the same thing with trailers. To get him to the new farm we had to spend 5 hours getting him into the trailer and it was a very bad experience for him. I had professional horse trainers out there with me, too, and the poor boy kept bringing whips upon himself by striking and rearing away from the trailer. :( I felt so bad. I love this horse so much and I know we can get over these things together. I spend every evening with him after school/work (I'm in the AF training at DLI right now so hanging out with him is my therapy) and any advice to help him with this would be great!!! <3 Also, just so y'all know, I've tried coaxing with food, being most gentle at first, less force, more force, walks around and then re-approaching, whips, ropes, no whips, only soft pressure, nothing seems to make him less freaked out about these things!!! Thanks guys!!!