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post #1 of 9 Old 09-30-2016, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Hi I'm 15 and am in the process of training my two Connemara girls.

I am really having issues with loading them into the float because one of them had a accident awhile back she backed out under the bum guard and the pushed up trying to get out, she is very wary since that happened. I can get them both in the float eating but the moment you try to lift the door up the both go shooting out.
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Although I do not always agree with Clinton Anderson I do think that hos method of loading when on your own is good.

Get some breaching straps so they cannot get under them, might need two.


The point is that once they are in the trailer they are content to stand there.
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I agree with Foxhunter about the extra breeching straps, last year I bought a trailer and it is a larger trailer for larger horses and as our two are much smaller, I got some extra straps put on lower so they would not be able to back under the existing butt bar. Never had a problem but I'm glad I got the extra straps.
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Hi Foxhunter thanks for you response.
I have tried this method before and it has unfortunately not worked for me.
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Then you are not doing it correctly!
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Hi, I too don't think much of CA, but had a look at that vid, & agree with it in principle too. He is very abrupt, confrontational in his approach, which I don't think is helpful, but do remember that part of this is due to him being in a hurry, putting on a show for the audience. I do believe you must be super switched on, confident, good with your timing, if you're going to do it that way, and also be prepared that there will still be a lot of fear in the horse, that will take many sessions to get over, if you push too hard.

You can - & I believe absolutely should - do it in a far less confrontational manner when teaching the horse. Aim to do it in such a manner as to minimise/avoid creating fear & reactivity. Also remember short, easy sessions are by far better than trying to get too much accomplished in one go, especially if there is any fear involved in the task. As I've seen with most CA stuff, the basic principles are the same as Parelli's, and watching his trailer loading vids may give you another angle on it to help understand better.
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Why wouldn't they leave? That's why there's equipment in there (ties/butt bars) to keep them in and make it safe. Doesn't sound safe atm.
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Hi I'm 15 and am in the process of training my two Connemara girls.

I am really having issues with loading them into the float because one of them had a accident awhile back she backed out under the bum guard and the pushed up trying to get out, she is very wary since that happened. I can get them both in the float eating but the moment you try to lift the door up the both go shooting out.
How did she back up under the bum bar? Was she not tied,then had butt bar lowered, before being untied,, and asked to back out?

I guess you have to use the type of trailer you have, but I think horses feel too trapped, in a straight load , with butt bars and often, also dividers
I guess what I would do, is go right back to teaching them to stand tied, and thus not to try backing, until untied
Usually, my premise is, that a horse that leads, loads, but once they get a negative association, you then have to eliminate that associated negative with a trailer first.
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I agree Smilie, I always train a young horse to load in a straight load specifically for that reason, because it's very confining for them. I've found that once a horse will load in a straight load trailer you will very rarely have problems getting them into virtually anything else.

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