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  1. #1
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    Nov. 21, 2008
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    Default Meese loading troubles

    So I have had this particular guy for a while however recently we have had some loading issues. Previously he had no issues with trailering- would jump right on and off. Loved going out to shows. Last show (he did phenomenal) he did not want to get back on the trailer. He fussed for half an hour and it took 3 of us plus a huge box of timibits to convince him to get one,and as soon as he got on he did settle but now doesn't want to go back on. I try to entice him with chocolate timbits and poutine but it never seems to work. The previous time trailering we did have an incident where I was cut off by a snowmobile so had to hit the breaks and he lost his balance but that same day he did get right back on no fuss and the morning of the show made no fuss. If someone could help me would be great as he is a fabulous meese and does some lovely dressage.



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    Midnightdream - so sorry to hear that your meese is balking at getting on the trailer! Perhaps his antlers are tender?

    I have heard of meese who are very particular about what make of snowmobile they will allow to actually cut them off! Was it, by any chance, a Polaris?


    M



  3. #3
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    I'm a novice at meese myself (just acquired my first, a Boreal Warmblood) but how about banking up the snow behind the trailer so he feels more at home with the footing? In summer, you could use peatmoss.

    Have you tried tempting him with a bucket of maple syrup in the front of the trailer?

    Or, if you could borrow some huskies or malamutes or wolves to herd him in....

    As a last resort, you could try calling the Mounties. They are good at this kind of thing.



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    Check your trailer. Some meese require and oversized head area or they feel claustrophobic.

    Bombardier makes a good meese trailer.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzy Lady View Post
    Check your trailer. Some meese require and oversized head area or they feel claustrophobic.

    Bombardier makes a good meese trailer.
    I always order extra sunroof vents in my meese trailer so they can stick their antlers out the top. They usually collect dead birds, bugs, and the sometimes the odd timbit or two during the journey, but they're much more comfortable with the head room.

    My trailer of choice? Skidoo (available at Canadian Tire, eh?).
    "Imma snap youuuu! - with a shout out to Wildlifer



  6. #6
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    Me-and-Cisco yes it was a poalris, but that is what I have at home so I didn't think that would pose a problem for him.
    Vessper Sparrow I will try the suggestion of maple syrup- don't know why I didn't think of it sooner as he does love it so.
    Jazzy Lady and All purpose you are right maybe more head room- I will have to look at other trailers out there and perhaps give them a try.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Vesper Sparrow View Post
    I'm a novice at meese myself (just acquired my first, a Boreal Warmblood) but how about banking up the snow behind the trailer so he feels more at home with the footing? In summer, you could use peatmoss.

    Have you tried tempting him with a bucket of maple syrup in the front of the trailer?

    Or, if you could borrow some huskies or malamutes or wolves to herd him in....

    As a last resort, you could try calling the Mounties. They are good at this kind of thing.

    If you can't get the Mounties, you can also try the MNR guys! They also have alot of experience with meese and trailers. I believe they have emergency buckets of maple syrup and the extra large boxes of timbits!

    Hope this helps!


    M



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    Hmm. You may need to send him to this guy http://www.freewebs.com/truenorthmee...osemanship.htm

    alternately you could beat the holy moose hide out of him (not what i would suggest)

    Or have your friendly Alces specialist out to inject some Happy Juice
    Michael: Seems the people who burned me want me for a job.
    Sam: A job? Does it pay?
    Michael: Nah, it's more of a "we'll kill you if you don't do it" type of thing.
    Sam: Oh. I've never liked those.



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