Discussion in 'Horse Chat' started by Dona Worry, Feb 27, 2017.
SO. Trainer coming today, and we are working onnnnn
I don't have a horse trailer, just a stock trailer, same one I use for the cows. Not huge, fits five normal sized cows if tightly packed in.
It is shiny.
It is a BIG step up.
It rattles loudly if you breathe on it.
When you step into it it BANGS.
No matter how gently you shut the door it screeches and clangs.
If we manage this, I should be able to load them into anything, forever.
WISH US LUUUUCK.
Good Luck! Mine love stock trailers.......just saying.
All mine hop readily onto a stock trailer, even the short/small ones. Despite the noise, I've never been unable to get one onto a stock trailer -- now just watch, the gelding I'm going to pick up tomorrow (in the stock trailer) will make me eat my words and refuse to load.
Took a long time but
What a good girl! She doesn't really look too worried either.
The very first on was perfectly smooth. I walked on, she followed me, THEN A BOMB HIT THE GROUND AND WE EXPLODED OFF AND THE WORLD ENDED.
Then the trainer took over.
She pretty consistently got on okay, it was the staying on we had trouble with.
And the getting off without LEAPING through the air and the heck to whatever was in the way.
But, that photo was taken after I brought her to the trailer, asked her to step in, which she did, she turned around calmly, and then stepped the front feet out neatly.
The back end still has a messy dismount, but we called it a win and ENDED THE LESSON.
Haha my horse doesn't back out of step down trailers, he will panic and leap forward. I always turn him around to come out, but my trailer is warmblood sized so he can. He backs down a ramp though. He hops out, but not a big one, just a little hop-step as he gets out.
She will get it. Good progress though!
Sounds like a very productive session. I love, love, love to hear about your journey with those two.
Good job! When my Quarter Horse was being hard to load, I simply asked my barn owner to back the trailer up to the round pen for a few days and we fed her in there. The first day, she was a little bit iffy. After she realized that food happened in the trailer, she took to just waiting inside the trailer for dinner. Now she loads herself in whatever trailer I point her at, in exchange for a cookie.
I also don't back my horses out. They're happier if I let them turn around and walk out. They're seniors and I think, at this point in their life, it's not worth the hassle to make them back out. LOL.
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