Hey there- I’d like some advice from you well educated horse folks…
So, before telling me to teach my horse to load- she does know how to load. I have a 2h slant load step up (no rear tack- very roomy back there) and have only trailered her tied of course, with the box to herself (didn’t close the divider on her).
I spent two weekends just quietly loading, unloading and revisiting the loading again and again. She loaded perfectly (I do “natural horsemanship” with her, she knows to go forward when I “send” her, and she self loads. I would take her by myself and she would load/unload and load back up when it was time to go home.
Here is my problem:
I went to my lesson two weekends ago, and she loaded up fine, unloaded, and we had a perfect lesson at my trainer’s. This was her first time at this particular barn.
When it came time to put her back on the trailer, a large train came by and she has never seen a train before. So we waited since she was working herself up and wouldn’t load. Well, my trainer gave “loading” a shot, and then when we still couldn’t load her, she asked another person to come “help” us load. I was sitting there and thinking it was a bad idea to have another person come over- my mare is very impressionable and adding more chaos to the mix is NEVER the answer.
In hindsight, I NOW know that I should have, as her owner, stepped up and said that we should keep it as low key and not a problem as possible.
WELL, here’s my dilemna. We got her on the trailer, I took her home, made her load at home after about 30 more minutes of trying. I know that was a lot to ask of her time-wise, but she wouldn’t, for the life of her, load any more than her shoulders.
This is where it is now- she will load her shoulders, but won’t fully load.
Has anyone else had this problem? My barn is also very quiet at home, it’s just my horses so it’s not like there is chaos around. I just don’t really know what else to do. I’m asking her correctly, “sending” her, and she knows she is supposed to get in. She won’t go past her shoulders. Help?