We are going to be moving here in just over a month and will be driving for many hours to get to the great state of Idaho. We checked with a veterinarian and he said that we will need to stop about every hour to combine mamma and filly so she can nurse. It is going to be a LONG trip. So we are trying to prepare our horses for the long haul.
We started with loading mamma in the front section of the trailer. She did not like this at all being separated from her baby and for good reason.
Arcadia, our filly watched intently to see what mamma was doing.
Arcadia put up a fight in getting into the trailer where mom was but she eventually got there with patience and persistence from my cowboy.
Once in the trailer together mamma started to settle down and so did baby.
While separated from mom my cowboy did halter training on her and gave her lots of attention. Rubbing her down, he made his way up to her head and got the halter on. So we did halter training along with the trailer loading.
After spending time with Arcadia, he then opened our middle divider to allow momma and baby to be together showing them it was OK.
Later on this day we did the same thing and Arcadia jumped right into the trailer with no work at all. She was more willing to be rubbed down too. We will start hauling them small distances separated and then combine them so they know they will be OK and are together for the trip.
We are hoping that with time and repetition they will be able to have a less stressful trip when the time comes.