I'm at my wit's end trying to get her on the trailer...
I absolutely can not get my horse on the trailer. I have tried every approach I know of. "Natural" and "traditional" ways.
I have excersized her, then tried to load (with two strong men helping me "guide" her - we even used full buckets of grain to bribe her!).
I have walked her around the trailer for twenty minutes, letting her sniff every inch of it, the best that happens is she puts two feet on the ramp then spooks and goes away.
I have done ground work (walking over tarps, scary objects, pushing her against the fence to make her claustrophobic).
I've tried using the motivator (dressage whip with grocery bags tied to the end), lunge whip, lunge line, etc.
The next step I can think of is move the trailer into one of the empty fields and move it right up against the fence so that she has no where to turn or side step away from the ramp.
When I bought her, she was so emaciated and malnourished that she just went right in, no fight. She has had no bad experience since then, it's just now that she's healthy she won't go on :( It only started towards the end of summer; I bought her a year ago. She definitely prefers step loads, versus the ramp - but this is the only trailer I have access too. We move the divider so that it's open all the way, but I don't know what else to do.
Someone suggested blind folding her..but I worry about that affecting her balance (she's a bit of a ditz). She definitely would follow me just about anywhere with the blind fold, but once she gets on that ramp she'd freak out.
I am going to try loading her with her boyfriend (he loads just fine), but I don't really want her dependent on him being in the trailer.
Any other crazy tricks? I'm willing to try just about anything.
I know I'll get slammed for this
Clinton Anderson has a great trailer loading technique. Often you can get a DVD of it on eBay. Basically his idea is to work the horse around the trailer until the trailer is the best place in the whole wide world to be.
It may take a while but it DOES work.
Another technique I have seen is to lead the horse onto the trailer as far as you can then when he stops back him up 30 feet as fast as he will go.
I do not recommend this.
Nor the "nagging mother" technique....let the horse stop in front of the ramp and just keep tapping his butt.
Nor bribery or brute force.