Need Advice on Stopping Horse Bolting Out of the Trailer
So, my guy is a 14 year old experienced campaigner who has always self loaded onto the trailer and who has always exited it in a gentlemanly manner - that is, until recently. All of a sudden, without any occurrence to blame it on, he has started bolting out of the trailer when we go to unload him. It doesn't matter if he is alone or if there is another horse in the trailer with him. If we let him leave on his own he rushes/scrambles backwards in (seemingly) a panic. If we try and back him out while lightly holding the lead rope he does the same thing only with his head thrown up in the air. Naturally, he stops at the bottom of the ramp. We are, of course worried about his (and our) safety. Has any one out there had a similar experience and, if so, how did you fix the problem? Many thanks for for your thoughts and suggestions.