Get in the Trailer? No Problem!
My story is so unbelievable. I didn't think that I would ever see the day that my gelding, Solie, would ever trailer load in less than two hours. I got this horse as a one-year-old and he is now six. So, five years of this, you can imagine how frustrated I was. He wasn't afraid of the trailer, just VERY stubborn. He had never had a bad experience in one or anything.
One time it took me 4 ½ hours to get him into the trailer so we could go to the show. I can't even count the times that I was in tears trying to get this horse in to go to the vet or shows or anywhere and how stressful it was. After all, this was our dream, to have horses and go trail riding. I had tried everything and I mean every technique out there.
I had heard about Marilyn and figured I would try her. What you are about to read next is the most amazing thing that I have ever witnessed in my life. Well, Marilyn got back to me after communicating with Solie and to be honest with you, I was afraid to try loading him right away because I was running out of ideas and I wanted it to work so bad.
I waited about a week and we were going to go trail riding. So, out I go, doing what Marilyn told me to do and you could of knocked me over with a feather. He didn't walk right in, but he was in the trailer within 10 minutes without the pulling back and digging his heels in the ground. The second time was about the same.
But, the third time, this is the unbelievable part of the story, my husband loaded my mare as I was standing at the back of the trailer with Solie and all of a sudden, before I knew it, he was up in the trailer before my husband could even get our mare locked in and get out of the way. The look on my husband's face was priceless. We both looked at each other with GIANT smiles on our faces, but didn't really want to say anything about it on the way home, thinking we would jinx the great success that we were having with him.
Well, we got a different trailer a couple weeks ago and I thought, oh, great, we just got him going in that other one where we had to actually hold him back and make him wait until we got our other horse all set in there and now this is a whole different trailer. Well, I am here to tell you that after the third time in this trailer, he still can't get in fast enough. He does this if he is loading first or second. It doesn't matter.
I'm am so impressed with Marilyn that I am taking her class and have posted information about her on the gaited horse forum. I can't thank Marilyn enough for making our lives and going riding so much more enjoyable.
~ Kathy B.