Making me wonder why we have three sheds when clearly one will do! 😴
Isn't it funny! And they have to be goofy geldings too. Like Coalie, Sailor wants to make lovey dovey eyes at Fizz and get as close to her as he can. She seems completely oblivious to them, but she must give off some sort of irresistible, hard to get horsey signals.You must have a rule that you only ride with the blackest of black horses!
This is very belated, but: I used to trail ride a harness racer called Chip, for cross-training. He was such a character - never met another horse like it. Totally exuberant extrovert who loved going places. If he saw the trailer being backed out of the shed from his paddock he'd start neighing with excitement, run to his gate, prance and paw there, neigh and nicker as he saw you coming with the lead rope, and then nearly drag you to the trailer, skipping with joy and giving you "isn't this great" sideways glances and catching the rope in his mouth and pulling you on it - he was so playful. You'd unclip him on the loading ramp and he'd load himself with aplomb, and then make excited noises while the engine started - I used to laugh so much at his antics. He would settle on the trip but when he saw we were getting near the venue, he'd start trumpeting from the back with excitement and not stop.Wow. That is an awful story. I’m sorry for that girl. It was a very nice intention to want to take the horse back. I hope the girl ends up okay. That sounds like a hard recovery coming.
@knightrider Queen is seeming like that. She always wants into the trailer and I have to keep a good hold of her to try and keep her out. Lol.
OMG, @knightrider - that would have taken ten years off my life span. Talk about stressful! I have a good imagination and with it I saw the wooden trailer splintering into smithereens with the horse in it for half a dozen reasons in the course of your story...Those people must have been thinking of horses with a lot of experience trailering. Most of the time, those kinds of horses do willingly jump on. Horses new to trailering? Quite the opposite. When I was trying to trailer my green colt from Texas to Maryland, people told me NOT to take him out of the trailer until the ride was done for the day . . . or he would NOT go back in for the next phase of the ride.
On the second day, we had a flat tire on the tow vehicle, a 1960 Chevy station wagon. And our trailer was a little wooden job with a canvas top that was not balanced well. We unhitched the trailer with me standing on the tongue so the trailer wouldn't tip up with the horse in it, changed the tire, and re-hitched. What a nightmare. Then we had to turn around to get back on the highway. My husband saw a house on a hill with a nice circular driveway so we headed up that way. Part way up the hill, the driveway was blocked off. So he had to back down the hill. Trailering was all new to us (we had bought the trailer for $200 days before the trip) and he backed into a stone wall. The Chevy station wagon couldn't pull the trailer back up the steep hill. We had to dismantle the stone wall to back the trailer out, then re-stack it.
And, to top it all off, Hurricane Agnes struck that day. We finished the 4 day drive going right along, exact same speed, as Hurricane Agnes. The heavy rain and cool weather probably kept the car from overheating, but boy, it was hairy driving through the downpour.
The angels were looking out for us and we made it to Maryland just fine. And at the end of the journey? My green colt loaded perfectly. That trailer was like home to him after the long trip.
Back to the original premise: most horses not used to trailering will not load willingly to go home. They are hot, tired, and hungry and do not relish a trailer ride. They want a roll, a rest, and some hay . . . and the trailer offers none of that.
That was very funny. Only, of course, because the person who did that wasn't a madman who didn't know when to stop!I haven’t seen many tough loaders that I was actually a participant on. I see those fights at rodeos and pretend I don’t while I walk away because often there are already too many people with too many bosses helping.
Now, I have a funny solution though that I’ve seen work (on a horse that is very broke and knows trailers). I believe it was my mother’s best show horse when I was young, but this horse would refuse to load after a show sometimes. He just wouldn’t do it. Now, when my father wasn’t there, there were always different cowboys at the shows who would come and get the horse in the trailer by various means.
One day, this horse would not load. I can’t remember if it was my dad who was there, but I think it was. This horse had never considered not loading for him. So, he tried a couple times and the horse was having none of it. Then, he tied him to the side of the trailer, and he slowly and carefully drove it across the parking lot and to where you would leave the fairgrounds.
This horse trotted alongside the trailer, thinking he made a very bad life choice, and when he stopped at the driveway and got out, he walked up to him like nothing had ever happened and loaded him up easily. I thought it was funny as could be. He must have been thinking that he was going to drive away home and fast dragging him behind. I don’t remember if he ever questioned loading again.
Now, I only think that would work with a good horse like him who was simply throwing his weight around for whatever reason he did it. He had been trailered thousands of times and knew what it was all about.
We have these fine light mosquito nets that go over our hats, about $5 a pop from a camping shop. Keeps off flies, mozzies, sandflies, midges...@Knave, I have to admit that my patience with her was wearing thin when she almost put us both on the ground tripping over her own feet while trying to itch her face. But then karma got me later, as I was mucking out the paddock and my own face was swarmed with these awful little black flies and I was trying to sling my ponytail around enough that it would clear the bugs out of my eyes while I had both hands on the full wheelbarrow I hate them as much as she does, but she does have to pay enough attention that we stay upright!!