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MooseDragon 04-22-2013 02:34 PM

Trailer Loading Problems
 
I just bought my very first horse (finally) and I bought him from a rescue. He is such a good horse! Anyway, I do a lot of natural horsemanship and stuff... And when we went to load him he wouldn't load. I was expecting this as we have a straight load and he is only green broke and hadn't seen much. Anyway they decided it was time to grab whips and started whipping him and forcing him to go in. It got the the point where I yelled stop, an the guy who was whipping him was starting to talk about how I shouldn't let him take advantage of me and blah blah blah... I can go into more detail if needed but anyway, what would you guys do in a situation like this?
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nvr2many 04-22-2013 03:04 PM

Oh that is tough because you really do not know the horse. My first thought was, my horse, I will get him to load my way. I would not want to make things any more unpleasant than needed. Being a rescue I would think he already has had it hard. No need to add to that. But he does need to do what you want, and that is load!!!

Oh and congrats on your first horse!! Anddddddddddddddd, what did you do???

Dreamcatcher Arabians 04-22-2013 03:12 PM

I don't normally allow anyone to "help" me get my horse loaded. I find it causes more trouble and takes longer than if I just work at it in my own way. I walk the horse up to the trailer, let them sniff and then walk away. I do that quite a few times until they get a little more curious. Then I'll ask them to step into the trailer or onto the ramp with only the front feet, stand for just a second and back out or off. Repeat several more times. Then add another step, repeat, repeat, repeat.

Depending on the nervousness of the horse it can take from minutes to hours to days. It just takes what it takes the first few times. I've found if I will work with them at their pace on this, then when I need them to load without an issue, they usually will.

MooseDragon 04-22-2013 03:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians (Post 2310681)
I don't normally allow anyone to "help" me get my horse loaded. I find it causes more trouble and takes longer than if I just work at it in my own way. I walk the horse up to the trailer, let them sniff and then walk away. I do that quite a few times until they get a little more curious. Then I'll ask them to step into the trailer or onto the ramp with only the front feet, stand for just a second and back out or off. Repeat several more times. Then add another step, repeat, repeat, repeat.

Depending on the nervousness of the horse it can take from minutes to hours to days. It just takes what it takes the first few times. I've found if I will work with them at their pace on this, then when I need them to load without an issue, they usually will.

Yep I have methods to loading I'm just frustrated and ranting and wondering what you would have said/done if someone did that to your horse and you didn't want them to...
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themacpack 04-22-2013 04:38 PM

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Originally Posted by MooseDragon (Post 2311121)
Yep I have methods to loading I'm just frustrated and ranting and wondering what you would have said/done if someone did that to your horse and you didn't want them to...
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Well, I'd have said something to them immediately - not waited until it got "to the point" where you yelled at them to stop.

Dreamcatcher Arabians 04-22-2013 05:16 PM

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Originally Posted by MooseDragon (Post 2311121)
Yep I have methods to loading I'm just frustrated and ranting and wondering what you would have said/done if someone did that to your horse and you didn't want them to...
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I'd have told them, "Thanks I can handle this.", when they first came up and I wouldn't have let them go any further. I've gone that route one time, horse ended up with rope burns because they thought the butt rope method would work. In fact the next day, when I went back alone it took me 5 mins to load him up and get out of there. Ever since then I put up my hand and say, "Thanks, I prefer to work alone." if they don't go away when I first tell them no.

MooseDragon 04-22-2013 05:29 PM

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Originally Posted by nvr2many (Post 2310625)
Oh that is tough because you really do not know the horse. My first thought was, my horse, I will get him to load my way. I would not want to make things any more unpleasant than needed. Being a rescue I would think he already has had it hard. No need to add to that. But he does need to do what you want, and that is load!!!



Oh and congrats on your first horse!! Anddddddddddddddd, what did you do???

Thanks! An yes, that was why I let it go on for a while... I didn't know him very well. They were the ones that knew him in that situation. Otherwise I would have rejected help in the first place. But in the end, right after I told the guy to stop he hopped in. He is a great horse while in te trailer! He stood quietly the entire 2 1/2 hours back home... Didn't even get antsy at the gas station! And he also settled in well while at home, so I'm very happy!
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Dreamcatcher Arabians 04-22-2013 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by MooseDragon (Post 2311761)
Thanks! An yes, that was why I let it go on for a while... I didn't know him very well. They were the ones that knew him in that situation. Otherwise I would have rejected help in the first place. But in the end, right after I told the guy to stop he hopped in. He is a great horse while in te trailer! He stood quietly the entire 2 1/2 hours back home... Didn't even get antsy at the gas station! And he also settled in well while at home, so I'm very happy!
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LOL, that's why I let the old cowboys help with the one horse, many years ago. When he ended up with that ugly rope burn that I thought would probably scar is when I drew the line and decided to start believing in my own horsemanship.

beau159 04-22-2013 06:27 PM

I will NEVER let anyone "help" load a horse for me. Had a few bad experiences in the past, and for the most part, people are just idiots and want to try to force the horse to load. I'm sorry, but you aren't going to force a 1,000+ pound animal to do anything.

Especially if I had just bought the horse, in a situation like this, I would not have let them whip him. It is now MY horse and I am going to have to deal with his trailer loading for life. Therefore I don't want any more screw-ups that I'm going to have to fix later.

MooseDragon 04-22-2013 10:39 PM

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Originally Posted by beau159 (Post 2312241)
I will NEVER let anyone "help" load a horse for me. Had a few bad experiences in the past, and for the most part, people are just idiots and want to try to force the horse to load. I'm sorry, but you aren't going to force a 1,000+ pound animal to do anything.

Especially if I had just bought the horse, in a situation like this, I would not have let them whip him. It is now MY horse and I am going to have to deal with his trailer loading for life. Therefore I don't want any more screw-ups that I'm going to have to fix later.

Yep I was thinking that the entire time... I guess this will have been my bad experience and I will learn from it and never let anyone load my horse again.
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