I seem to have a common theme in my life.
My horses’ don’t like to load in my trailers.
Batt had so many freaking loading issues. And now, it seems, so does Nay Nay.
I’m writing this so that hopefully, a couple months from now, I can read this post and laugh. But right now? I’m crying. I mean, right now I’m not, but I was.
I was so freaking excited about the new trailer. I was concerned about unloading, little did I know I wouldn’t be able to get Nay ONTO the trailer.
The new trailer is about 3 inches higher than my old trailer. But I’m not sure that is the issue. It could be anything from “I don’t want to” to “I’m scared because the last trailer ride led to a broken axle” to “this trailer is different” to “hell no you crazy person!” to anything else. I’m not helping matters because I let emotion get in the way. I know that.
I reached out to the fabulous trainer who helped Batt only to find out he moved to Florida. Because OF COURSE he moved to Florida. He did give me 2 names and both are willing to help. Hopefully one will be out today and the other will be helping pending the outcome of today. Batt took 2 trainers so we’ll see if Nay Nay is the same.
We worked a bit this weekend on pressure and release and did well but I can’t get the next step. I can get Nay standing up at the trailer looking inside. But I can’t get beyond. I could get Batt to this part too. So, hopefully, with help, we can move forward.
Wish us luck.
Completely depressed and dejected about trailers.
I have soooo been there, Connor didn’t like my old trailer because the chest bar came up too high up his neck, and he got freaked out over my current trailer until I added a ramp. Some of these newer step ups really are tall as the height of truck beds get taller too. Fingers crossed for you, you WILL get through it!
We actually had a wonderful session with someone my previous trainer recommended and he ended the session confidently walking on and off. He even self loaded a couple of times (though a second session is planned for self loading). I think the axle was the culprit, but we’ll be practicing a lot over the next few weeks.
I feel your pain. Mine is so hit or miss about loading.
I hope it gets better for you soon!
Loading gives me so much anxiety. I totally feel you and hope for good results!