Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
I am , of course not talking of problem horses, that someone else messed up, where you do have to go back to some very basic steps,including gaining trust< BUT,in all the hroses we raised over the years, that were taught to lead and tie, were 100% on giving to pressure, None ever refused to load, even that very first time.
Often, first time those hroses were trailered, go to a vet, going to their first show, going for their first mountain trail ride , or, to a new home.
I never practiced trailer loading.
It is also important, if you do have ahorse with an unknown past history, that you figure out as to whether that horse truly has a fear factor, or is using that refusal in a similar manner as some horses that have learned to use spooking to get out of work
That is why I gave those two old broodmares , a tune up , away from the trailer, as I knew they had trailered before, and also, knew they were 'pigs', when led, having arrived that way, when dropped off to be bred, while, declared to just 'love people', ie, walk all over them, try to charge ahead, ect.
Obviously,if a horse with a past history, had a true fear factor, for whatever reason, my approach would be different. I would hopefully work on that hole, before needing to trailered, or even asking the horse to load