Trailer Loading... Help!
Okay, so today we were suppose to be taking Breeze over to my boss's farm. Did not happen. Breeze has only been in a trailer once before, and it was kind of traumatizing for her, but today, after about an hour, she was going in it nice and calmly.
The problem you may ask?
The trailer is a 3 horse slant load, meaning she has to be on a slant to be able to close the divider. Every time she gets in, she loads straight, will turn around, but doesn't move her butt over far enough for the divider. Every time we try and either close it and shove her butt over, or just shove her butt over without the divider, she backs up and gets nervous...
I need ideas!!! We are trying again tomorrow, so this is urgent! We were trying to get her in and over for 2.5-3 hours today.
Tie the dividers back, or remove them and travel her loose.
We don't want to do that, because my boss thinks that she will feel trapped, and then we will have problems loading in the future... if it was up to me, I would just leave her loose, but it is my boss's trailer and she doesn't want it to happen like that.
They get part in and I leverage the lead so they can not back out. They relax and I take in more line. Repeat until in and get the head hookup done.
I load in less then 30 seconds now.
Thanks, she does go all the way in, she will follow me right in now, but when we try and get her butt over so we can close the divider, that is when she will back out.
So most of your problem is solved. All you have to do is hook her head down. If she is good then just use the trailer ring and ... hook her down. IF she rears some then look at the swing divider in front and put her lead threw that and down under. That's your leverage and it is low enough that she should not be able to rear. Once her head is secured..... slam the gate. Then go re-tie her to the correct trailer tie up.
Let us know how you do. I like to learn.
i think you need more than just a few hour for that... horses are claustrophobic, and when the divider is opened, she feels that she could run away, otherwise.......
So the big challenge here is to keep her very calm. She has to understand that she won't die... so i think that you have to let her move backwards, but it must be YOUR decision and not hers... so feel when she wants to go and ask her to move back before she does. and then, ask her to go inside again.
she has to understand that the comfort is inside the trailer so when she wanna go out, make it uncomfortable.
don't know if it's clear... sorry for my english :oops:
As I see it, there's two options: 1) Get her in the trailer, let her travel loose and get her to the new place - not what the boss wants but it moves her and once at the new location work on trailer loading the easy way. 2) Start now with some ground exercises that have her moving her hindquarters in a restricted area such as poles set up to form a 'box' or against fences, etc. - she may not understand, when in the trailer, that she is just to move her butt over a smidge - this may take you a bit of time and if the move has to happen fairly quickly your horse may not have had enough time to understand and accept the concept so then your back to No. 1.
Good luck and for what it's worth you're not the first person, and you certainly won't be the last person, to experience to joys of trailer loading.
Oh, and where are you in Sask that you can consider getting out ion the roads today? Lucky you
I have no idea if this will work but here's what I would try if it were my horse. I'd load her. Sit there for a couple minutes petting her. Making she she was calm. Then slowly start to close the divider. A little bit. Then let her calm down. Petting and talking to her. More and more. Before you close it all the way. Back her out all the way. And praise her. And repeat. Then work up until you can get the divider closed all the way... not sure if it would work or not... but worth a try maybe?
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