Once my mare is feeling better (ulcers, probably - other thread about her), I really want to start working through her issues of worming/oral medicating and loading in the trailer. She was bad with trailering/loading when I bought her - it was always a struggle to get her loaded and took up to 2 hours of fighting. Once, the previous owners (we rode along with them) took her to the veterinarian and she freaked out in the trailer, pulling back and panicking. The owners decided to untie her and open the trailer because she was endangering us and herself. On her way flying out of the trailer, she flipped over backwards. The vet checked her out and found only minor skin abrasions but she’s never been the same after that. I’ve worked with multiple trainers who run her into the ground or try the ‘respect’ method but she still panics anytime she’s loading (pulls back, rears, etc.) and once she’s on the trailer, she freaks whenever the door or divider is closed. We have a two horse slant load and I’ve been having to bribe her on and try to close the back before she freaks. I hate doing this because she seems genuinely terrified (maybe it’s because of the mats? She’s also terrified of going in the stocks because of being ‘trapped’ and the black mat).
With worming and giving oral medications, we’ve definitely had struggles. She was O.K. (not great/good) when we got her but it turns out she had ulcers before we bought her. We went through an entire round of Ulcer/GastroGard with daily struggles. She absolutely hated the taste of it (she can be very picky) and would back up into a corner and then rear. In the aisleway, she throws up her head and rears, almost falling over. I’ve heard that people use applesauce in empty/clean wormer tubes but she doesn’t like applesauce (what kind of pony is she?! She doesn’t like carrots either). I’ve worked with her for hours but with no improvement. The fighting is very hard on my shoulders and often causes them to dislocate (EDS) so I need a solution.
Can any of y’all provide suggestions on either of these issues? She’s a fantastic mare and I love her to bits but she definitely has her issues.