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post #11 of 17 Old 02-20-2017, 10:09 PM
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I would suggest that when you first load her, back out after just getting her front feet on, then again just as she is stepping up with her hinds. It will be easier for her to to negotiate backing out while she is half way on and will make her more confident at unloading time. But of course you might not feel comfortable doing that while someone is standing around waiting for you.
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Thanks Joel, seems like a good thing to try. Perhaps the owner of the trailer picking her up will suggest that. It's all new to me!
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post #13 of 17 Old 02-21-2017, 07:53 AM
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What Joel suggested is what I did with my young horses just learning to go in the trailer, gives them a chance to feel what backing out is like.
the only thing is, the person coming to pick up the horse may not want to do this as they might think it will give the horse the idea of not going in the next time asked to go in the trailer.
Good Luck and I hope all goes well with the move.
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post #14 of 17 Old 03-09-2017, 01:03 AM
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I have found 99% of trailering is just expect the horse to walk right in. Even more than anything else you do with horses mindset is so important. Make sure the horse trusts you and leads well and they will follow you ANYWHERE. I feel like most cases of loading issues come down to that.

Agree to be slow going back off too, that's the hard part!
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post #15 of 17 Old 03-09-2017, 05:02 AM
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Trailer loading is just leading, only into a box. If your horse leads well, it will load well. If you expect trouble, you'll get it, so just expect the horse to walk in and most of the time that's what it will do.
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post #16 of 17 Old 03-10-2017, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Well, my horse loaded fairly well. However, it was a slant trailer and she decided she didn't like that at all. I don't think she had ever been in one. She started complaining by stomping her feet a lot. We arrived at the new barn without any trouble and she stepped down successfully but it seemed that she was kinda stressed out because she had been sweating a lot. It was a relatively warm day and she had no blanket on. I'm just glad that she arrived safely at the new barn and is adjusting well to the new place. She has a friend in the field and seems to like it there! Phewwwwww.......moving is stressful!!!
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post #17 of 17 Old 03-10-2017, 12:27 PM
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Glad the move went well, I was wondering how things went for you.
It's always harder when you don't have your own trailer to work with your horse so they are comfortable trailering.
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