My horse is strange - is yours?

Free Adverts from New Rider

Jessey

Well-Known Member
Dec 20, 2004
22,298
12,715
113
39
Suffolk, UK
Jess has to put 2 feet on the ramp (loading) and pause to asses it, if you try rushing her she can get really horrible to load, but if you give her 10-20 seconds she’ll load on anything 😋 she walks right off though. Bo used to jump off, top of the ramp to the floor, you just had to stand back 😆 he did get better as he got older.
 

Jane&Ziggy

Learning together!
Apr 30, 2010
17,690
5,639
113
60
Surrey Hills
Oh Lord I love Harvey. He is such a hunk.

I remember seeing a lovely video many years ago of a super-famous eventer loading himself to go home after a competition. He JUMPED the ramp and landed square in the box!
 
  • Like
Reactions: GaryB and Huggy

Bodshi

Well-Known Member
Apr 23, 2009
7,104
4,074
113
Yorkshire
When Raf was young he went through a difficult loading phase - he would do the trick of swinging out to the side instead of walking up the ramp. To start with we encouraged him out of it by attaching a lunge line on each side of the ramp and a person holding each one up. Of course I couldn't manage that on my own so I just laid the two lines on the ground. It worked just as well and for a long time that's how I loaded him. I'd prepare by laying my lunge lines down on each side of the ramp to mark out a 'corridor' on the floor and then walk him between them and up the ramp. He never tried to step over them, I don't know if that makes him clever or very stupid 🤔 😏
 

Huggy

Well-Known Member
Nov 11, 2018
2,476
2,833
113
64
Ramsey was shocking loading. No running out or backing up. He would get to the ramp, gaze fixedly to the left or right, and say "Trailer? What trailer? I don't see any trailer."
 

Huggy

Well-Known Member
Nov 11, 2018
2,476
2,833
113
64
He looks such a good steady boy. Much like I'm going to look for next time!
Now we've got past the barging, bucking and mini rears, yes - he is quite a steady little Eddie! I'm very pleased with what a sweet fun boy hes turned into. Wouldn't swap him for the world.
 
  • Love
Reactions: Trewsers
newrider.com