I am having trouble getting my 3-year old horse to load into my trailer. He has only ridden in it once when I bought him and it must have traumatized him. It was a five hour ride over the Sierra Nevada mountains. Since getting him home, I placed the trailer in his field and have been feeding him grain in the manger. He will enter the trailer on his own, but constantly backs out to ensure that he can escape. On one occassion, he seemed calm so I fastened the butt bar. Unfortunately, he panicked before I could lift the ramp and he managed to slide under the bar and scraped up his back. Now, any attempt to tie him in causes him to panic.
I just received a dually halter and began ground work with him. He caught on very quickly and is walking at my shoulder. It did not help get him in the trailer though. He seems even more upset when I try to load him. Because it is a side by side, I can’t walk in there with him. I passed the line through the manger window but he is so strong I’m not getting him in there. He is rearing and thrashing around and there are sharp corners on the top doors that can’t be entirely folded out of his way.
All of the lessons that I have watched show loading into large stock trailers where the human can walk in with the horse. Suggestions?