Some horses express resistance or skepticism when asked to back off a trailer or down a ramp, even if they’re previously loaded onto the trailer with no problem. Top eventer Cathy Wieschhoff recently encountered a horse with this problem and coached followers of her One Minute With Cathy videos through a few ground exercises to help.
The strategies Wieschhoff used were aimed at helping the horse gain confidence about detecting and navigating objects with his hind feet, as well as teaching him more about the various cues she may use to ask a horse to back up when not mounted.
Wieschhoff has competed at the four-star level of eventing at both Kentucky and Badminton, is an ICP certified Level IV instructor and holds an r course design license. She owns a boarding and training facility in Lexington, Ky.
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