Thursday, April 15, 2010

15th April, 2010 Maverick

A copybook session this morning with a young horse called Maverick. His owner had tried to load him a couple of times in a trailer but he shot out on both occasions. Today we had a very low key training session using an L-shape of panels to create a safe environment. Then it was simply a matter of encouraging him to come forward and explore the space inside the horsebox and to walk on and off really calmly. I used clickered treats to reward him for moving around the box and that certainly helped him to stand and relax at the top of the ramp. I am back again on Monday when he is due to go to the vets to be gelded. Hopefully today's session will make the loading and travelling much less stressful than it would have been.