Started out with Tesla getting a trim, then off we went to a local trainer to spend the day working on his trailer loading. And lastly barn chores this eve with time to groom and massage him :)
I had help loading leaving the barn, which he was surprisingly calm about doing. He actually seemed upset I put him away after the trim for a few as he knew the trailer was right outside his window and was waiting to go somewhere.
I went with ability to be there ALL day, and we worked from 11-2 on this!
|ON went the brakes|
|a few rearing attempts|
|Barrels to simulate tight spot|
|Two feet on and off|
|Even got a few "self loads" from him!|
|Checking out the ball|
I feel like I know the root of the issue now, and can continue to work him on it - and also discovered I was missing a key point where he literally could not take a step forward due to his positioning so our 'give to pressure' battles could never be won when he locks up. Now I know the signals and when I need to back him a few steps or take him away from the trailer and regroup. I also found my "mean mommy" attitude which he needs to be reminded of on occasion that I am in charge and his antics can't be tolerated.
So I feel freer to 'move about the cabin' and take him out alone. I will have to plan for extra loading time but hopefully not have to rely on a second hand to be around. The key is to be willing to have the mindset of missing a meet up or being late and not feeling rushed and let that convey to him. Easier said than done of course...hopefully we will be early to things due to "easy" loading! :)
|The final result...Calmly following me up and |
then stood quiet for 20min before we left.
Hoping to go back after we get some more trailer time under out belts and work on a 'self load' next. But, I'm happy to just be able to walk him on so that will come in due time :)