So, he was standing at the step up, stuck. I backed him up a couple times and asked him forward again. He WANTED to come in, so I saw No need to apply any additional pressure. Instead, I put a carrot on the floor JUST out of reach. He stretched and stretched his neck. He moved his hind feet forward until they almost touched his front ones. And then the light bulb came on, and he lifted one front leg WAY up and put it in the trailer. I fed him a carrot and plop, the other front leg was up and in. I praised and stepped back a little and offered another carrot. CLOMP CLOMP the back feet were in. Loading as simple as it gets.
We turned around and stepped back out (yes, we will have to master backing out eventually - but not today!) and he reloaded as easy as can be two more times!
Then I dewormed him. I can't say he liked it, but he didn't resist - even when I decided to give him a little more since he managed to spit quite a bit of the first dose out.
It is amazing that it was just 2 weeks ago that I brought him home. I am NOT rushing - and his calm demeanor is proof of that. I do have hopes of starting to take him out away from home. He is leading safely all around the ranch now, and he has not made any serious attempt to split from me. When he does spook a bit, I can just tug on the halter and he stops. I am going to try ponying again soon, and also start taking him for walks off the property. Should be fun!
As I led him out, I decided to give him a little rinse off- it was hot and he actually had a little sweat mark. He was not initially afraid of the hose or the stream of water, until Mr Curious stuck his nose in the water and scared himself! He pulled away, trotted off about 50 feet and then stopped to eat grass. I easily caught him and led him back over, but he didn’t want to walk back up to the hose. Finally Jack brought the hose to him, with the end turned off so it was just dripping. And he was able to drip water all over Corey’s left side. Then he switched sides and with the water pressure on very low, he got water on the right side as well. Corey was suspicious but did not overly resist. I would consider it our first ‘battle’ but it was pretty low key. He really did try to leave several times, but after the first break, I put the lunge line on so I had more control. We finished with carrots and lots of praise and I know tomorrow will be easier. This horse is smart and thinks and if it doesn’t hurt him, then it is OK with him.