Thursday, June 18, 2009

Trailer loading progress!

Once again, I forgot to take pictures. It's just too hard to manage the camera while I'm also trying to convince Panama to get into the big horse-eating box on wheels.

Anyway, we made some progress today. I decided to start out by putting his grain on the shelf again, just like yesterday didn't happen. Panama thought about it pretty hard, but wouldn't put even one foot into the trailer. Eventually I gave in and put it on the trailer floor, but pushed all the way back so that he couldn't reach it without stepping into the trailer.

Amazingly, that worked, and after trying for several minutes to reach the grain without stepping up (you should have seen him stretching as far as he could, even with his lips!), he finally took a step into the trailer.

The first couple of times he looked around uncertainly and backed out. But it only took twice. After that, he took two steps in and started eating the grain. He still backed out between bites, but slowly, not like he was panicking or anything.

When he got down to where he was just licking the bowl for stray grain, I moved the bowl to the ground just outside the trailer, and while he ate I played with the far door. Panama didn't even flinch. I closed and latched the door. That was fine, too. Then I moved the bowl so that I could close and latch the other door, the one that had bumped him yesterday. No biggie.

Please excuse me while I breathe a sigh of relief that he's not going to hold a grudge against the silly door...



At June 19, 2009 at 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think sometimes our horses get over things faster than we do! Glad things are progressing in the right direction again!

At June 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks, Kate -- me too!

At June 19, 2009 at 5:20 PM, Blogger Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Sounds positive. Panama seems like a forgiving horse, or at least one with a shorter memory. hehe!

I hope you had the trailer hooked up to a truck during the loading. Better to be safe than sorry and not have another repeat. :-O

Best of luck with your next trailer practice,

At June 19, 2009 at 5:33 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...


I don't know about his memory being short -- I think he's just willing to trust me. If his memory were short, we would have conquered this trailer thing long ago. It's the accident from when he was a baby that caused his trailer phobia in the first place.

No, I don't own a truck to hook the trailer up to. (It's a borrowed trailer.) I'm just making sure he doesn't get his lead rope caught in the door latches again. The trailer is sturdy enough to walk in when it's all blocked off.


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