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First time trailering?
I have had camo inside the trailer. BUT I havent tied her up or left her in there for any amount of time because Im not quite sure how to do it. Should I DO the following? Please give me some DOs and DONTS on tying her in the trailer for the first time.. and then actually trailering her somewhere
- have another horse in there with her?
-tie her up and let her sit in there for a while?
-give her some hay in there and tie her loose enough to eat?
I wouldn't put another horse in with her only because if she does have a panic attack she could not only hurt herself but the other horse as well. You also do not want to have her get dependant on always having another horse around. Depending on how many times you have had her in the trailer really depends on if you should tie her or not. Can she be tied for one or two hours outside and sit still and not get hot or start pawing? If she does great out of the trailer and loads great and seems to be comfortable I would start by loading her and then loosely tieing her with a tie that you can easily pull on and it will set it free. Stay in there with her but make sure that when you tie her that she knows she is tied. Do not ever tie her loose because if she freaks out she could get her leg caught and that would just be a mess. Let her stand for fifteen minutes or until she relaxes (licks her lips, stands still etc) then untie her, back her out and the reload her. Repitition is the best thing here. Each time do it a little longer and once she get comfortable try stepping out of the trailer with the door open. Again do it over and over. Then close the door. If she starts to freak a little do not panic and stay calm just let her kinda work it out unless she is getting completely out of hand. Don't baby her but don't put her in danger either. I hope this helps!
after shows we would leave the horses in the trailer to grab something to eat, so before we went in i make sure my horse had hay and was fine when we were done i would give more hay if gone and we would drive home.
when i got my horse he was trailered in a stock trailer i have a xlarge straight load. he got sick when we went to the vet (choke) and so we dont feed hay unless its far away from my one horse of moms (my QH would flip if he didnt get hay it keeps him calm) and so he was scared to go back in ours after the first time getting sick. took a lot of people! so i let him eat grain in the trailer and now hes fine i did it for 2 weeks and he was fine and now goes anywhere.
I agree with Countygal, use lots of repetition. Put her on and tie her with some food for a few minutes then take her back off. Gradually increase the amount of time that you have her on the trailer and tied. If she gets restless and starts to fuss, wait until she has quieted, even if its only for a moment, and then take her off as a reward. If she starts pawing or dancing around and you immediately take her off that would teach her to start fussing when she wants off instead of being patient. Of course if she is going to hurt herself that's another story. And I wouldn't bother putting another horse on. She should learn to go on and stand quietly by herself.
And one last note, make sure you have the back of the trailer closed before you tie her!
I just got my mare to go on for a little bit. And if she started to back out I'd stop her and make her stand for a few seconds then backed her out.
After she was a little more comfortable, I tied her and stood there. Let her feel it out (always tied with a quick release to get her out quickly)
Then I would do the same, but talk to her and just step out of the trailer. Walk away a little farther while talking. Once she was more comfortable, I went and played around the back of the trailer
Then onto the buttbar, the door, fully closed, eating dinner on it.
Just take teensy steps
Hay is fine, mine just doesn't want it.
All good advice, but just as an aside comment I always make sure I have a very sharp pocket knife on me just in case the unthinkable happens and you need to quickly cut the horse free.
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