Monday, May 28, 2012

hoof and boom

today is about horses and thunderstorms. I have to finish up cleaning out and restocking the rabbit cages quick so I can be over at Patty and Mark's farm by 11Am. A natural horsemanship trainer (and experienced driving instructor), Milt, will be there. Milt has had a long and calm life with horses and he is going to evaluate and ride Merlin after he teaches us the best way to load him up into a trailer. It'll be....interesting, as the last time we took a field trip with Merlin it ended up with us standing for an hour in the hair begging the beast to step into the transport. Milt thinks he has his number, and can teach it to us. If we can beat the rain I'll spend this hot Memorial Day on the back of my black horse in some distant hayfield by a percheron and his lady, smelling thunder and fireflies just hours away.

More later. Happy Memorial Day, fellow travelers.


Blogger Misty said...

I just attended a special training session with Ann-Marie Lavallee, the Traveling Trainer, for "Safely Loading Your Horse Into a Horse Trailer"... especially for horses who have trouble loading. (It was an awesome class and she worked with a mare in the training session who it had taken two hours to load that very morning.) I purchased her $10 DVD for loading horses into trailers, a real time training session with another horse that didn't want to load.

Anyway, here is a link to her website where she has trained "Ned", a Fell Pony Stallion.

Just thought you might like to see it. misty

May 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Karen Rickers said...

It will be interesting to hear what he proposes.

A quick method, probably not endorsed by Amy Fleming of Heartland, is the use of a twitch, a short piece of doweling with a loop of rawhide fed through a hole on one end. You put the rawhide loop over the horse's muzzle, and tighten by twirling the dowel. It causes discomfort, which often takes their attentions off things like shots and farriers.

My mare hated to load, and I would be in tears before even getting to a horse show, with a bunch of us spending an hour with various inducements -- lunge lines behind her rump, etc. With the twitch, she walked right in (who wouldn't if being led by a tight hold on the upper lip?) and she only needed it once. After that, she loaded well, or I'd just take her nose in my fingers and she'd follow me right in.

Not something I'd like to do often, but if expedience demands, it's a quick fix.

May 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

good advice karen, and good to know.

We got merlin walking right into a trailer, over and over! We used pressure (rope around his butt) and halter pulling until he realized it was a lot easier to walk in instead of being forced/pushed/pulled and eat grain.

May 28, 2012 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

and I'll check out that DVD too, thanks!

May 28, 2012 at 4:35 PM  

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