So I have to move my TB to a new stable tomorrow. When I first picked him up in January, he loaded and unloaded without a fuss into a slantload WB size trailer. Last night I wanted to practice loading into a 2 horse straight load that he will be traveling in on Saturday.
He will walk up to the trailer and put one or both front feet in with no fuss, but once he goes to step up, freaks out and bots backwards. This trailer has the post down the center for the rear doors to attach to, I am thinking because he would load so well in a trailer with no post, it is making him claustrophobic? He makes an honest attempt to load until he has to move the rest of his body in. I think it looks too small for him in his eyes.
Should I just ask someone with a trailer like the first one move him, or keep at it until he loads in the straight load? I dont want to scar him or have it take 3 hours to load him...I am thinking I should just load him in what he is familiar than take a couple weeks to work on the other kind?
If you have to trailer him soon you should just get some one with a bigger trailer but start practicing with the littler trailer by getting as far as you can a praise him A TON!! then try a little further in then a little further and makes sure you praise EVERY good thing he does. (foods a good motivator.)
On the eigth God said " horses shall not trot" and the GOOD horses listened!
I really don't know ....... we had an issue with one of the horses at our barn, she loaded just fine two days before the show. Day of show we tried for 3 hours and she never did get on, we tried treats, coaxing, praise, then pushing and a crop then let her relax and start all over again, she was not afraid and did not seem stressed, just stubbornly refused to get on. anyone have any ideas? (for either of us)
rosie9r how did it go?
Could you load another horse in front of them or before them? That has worked for Soda in the past. I have problems with the 2 horse straight loads too.... For that my only answer is persistence and calmness :-) sorry
yeah we tried that, loaded another horse, made absolutely no difference, afraid to try again as don't want her to keep thinking she can get away with it, probably going to hire a local couple who helps teaching horses to load thanks any way :)
Is there a way for you to open up the trailer? There are usually escape doors and windows. By opening those it may not seem like such a small space and therefore not as scary. To the OP, hopefully your horse will load into a bigger trailer, because now he's taught himself not to load. O_o I would move him to his new home in a big trailer, and work on the smaller one when you get there. My horse is pretty big, and she has a heck of a time getting in a straight load. She really is squished nose to tail. Even in a slant load she is pretty squished and she still has to back out, she doesn't have the room to turn around. Just be calm, a lot of approach and retreat. You can also hook the smaller trailer up and feed him his grain or hay just inside the door, and gradually work it back. If the trailer is his source of food, it will take away part of that "scariness."
we had all the doors open, the front unhitched, the partition moved to the side, etc. I have had horses all my life and never seen a horse that wouldn't load like this..... biggest worry is if there was an emergency and we had to evacuate. but thanks for the suggestions.
Well... I'll guess you'll have to run that horse the hell out of dodge in case you need to evacuate. o_O
Or, you might be able to get him into a stock trailer? At least for an emergency.
yes we have another trailer on property we are going to try on her... so weird though that she loaded thurs and saturday she just was not going on......horses LOL
I don't have two horses, but I have a 2 horse trailer. I had my husband weld something up so I can put the partition at a diagonal. It looks a lot less intimidating and much more roomy. Do you have to have both sides available?
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