Horsemanship got my attention a few years ago. A friend invited
me to see a guy that was coming to the Monroe Fairgrounds, so we
went. Although he was entertaining to watch, I wasn't that thrilled
with his training technique. Next I went to a Pat Parelli weekend
seminar. That was it for me. No roundpen work, no running them around
until they submit, this was really communcation with the horse.
I watched them transform horses that were out of control, speaking
THEIR language and helping them understand what we are asking them
to do. After a couple of years I began talking to my cousin Melinda
who was living in California at the time. We did not grow up together,
but our mom's discovered we were both using Parelli training on
our horses! So, she talked me into going to Colorado to the Parelli
ranch for the big conference, already being hooked I had a great
time. Then talked Melinda into moving to Washington. She wanted
another horse, but couldn't afford another one where she was. I
told her with what she paid for her condo mortgage, and board for
her horse, she could buy her own property here and could have another
horse. So, she did. We now have our own Parelli Playground started
at her house, and have been having our own little playdays on weekends.
is in trailer training horses. I have of course trained all of mine
to load, and stay IN the trailer!! I have a friend that bought a
horse, we picked her up, she loaded just fine. The forgot to mention
to untie her BEFORE opening the gate, she backs out of the trailer
in a big hurry. Then she was having trouble getting her in at all.
So, next few weeks was working on getting her to go in, once that
was accomplished we worked on her STAYING in the trailer. Last I
worked with her, she would load on her own, but still came out a
little faster than I would like. I didn't have the opportunity to
work with her anymore as she was moved to a stable for the winter.
2008 I worked on trailer loading the weanlings, preparing them for
their first haul to a show in Spokane. I had halter trained them,
so they had a great foundation for the trailer training. My goal
is to get horses to load willingly, and BACK out of the trailer.
I have heard many stories of people getting their horses in, going
somewhere, then can't get them to back out. Some are just too big
to turn around, so have to be taught to back out. I have heard of
nasty injuries with horses that just can't back out of the trailer,
and aim to help people prevent this from happening to them.