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post #1 of 13 Old 09-22-2013, 05:51 AM Thread Starter
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Blindfolding a horse to load them into trailer

I heard this takes away their flight mode. Is it true and has anyone ever done it ?
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-22-2013, 09:41 AM
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I suspect that if I tried that with my two, one of them would refuse to move a step until I'd taken the blindfold off and the other would possibly panic and kill himself or me. I have never heard of doing that, and no I don't think it would work.
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post #3 of 13 Old 09-22-2013, 10:09 AM
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In a rare situation where force is the only option it might. It is definitely not how I would ever consider doing it, but that wasn't the question.
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post #4 of 13 Old 09-22-2013, 10:14 AM
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Depending on the horse blindfolding could work, but there are much easier ways to get a horse into a trailer.
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post #5 of 13 Old 09-22-2013, 10:35 AM
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I've seen handlers blindfold racehorses to walk them into the starting stalls, so I guess it could work in an emergency situation. However, the horse may panic once the blindfold is removed.
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-22-2013, 11:05 AM
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Curious...are you simply asking the question or are you having an issue with loading?
I would do everything in my power to work with a horse to become accepting of loading. I want them to see where they are stepping and learn that the trailer is not a bad place. There are some good instructional videos available and time and patience does work.
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Personally, I wouldn't blindfold a horse to get them into a trailer except under the most extreme of circumstances when there was absolutely no other option. I prefer to figure out why the horse doesn't want to load and address that issue so that they learn to walk in quietly.
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post #8 of 13 Old 09-22-2013, 11:39 AM
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What happens if the horse panics and gets loose, while still blindfolded?

MANY horses will not walk forward while blindfolded, so there's that to consider too.

It's better to take the time to train the horse to get over being on the trailer.
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I have heard of it done before but I haven't seen it done my self.

I have seen horses loaded with blinders on not a full blindfold though.
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post #10 of 13 Old 09-22-2013, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Asked my wife where she heard this"from a girl at the barn". This girl is 11 yrs old. I've never heard this before and if I new the source would never have posted the question. I though BO told her that.

@ Dustbunny, was curious as I have never heard this before. Our new horse only has been loaded 3 times and it took us 2 hrs to get her loaded. She was a pasture pony for a long time. Lots of other work to do before we start working on the trailer issue
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