Think back to when you were a small child and the older kids told scary stories after dark. Did you feel a little uneasy? Remember some other kids saying, “Stop it!” As a grown adult, do those same stories still scare you? Do remember when the ghosts went away? It was probably about the same time you said, “You don’t scare me.”
It’ s Halloween and the ghosts, goblins, and monsters are lurking inside the horse trailer. Tensions are high and you feel ready to jump and run! Sound like the last time you tried to load your horse in the trailer? If so, you need to call ghostbusters. Go ahead, sing the song while you read the rest of this post. Ghostbusters! “We ain’t afraid of no ghosts!”
Maybe you need to say the same thing to those ghosts in the horse trailer. If you are tense while loading your horse, he senses “you believe there is a ghost” inside. If you as his trusted leader are afraid of that ghost, then your horse is a true believer and really thinks a ghost is in there.
The next time you go to load your horse, chase away those ghosts. Mentally decide you are going to walk into that trailer and the horse is going to follow you right inside. Take the horse and boldly walk towards the trailer with the door open. Don’t pause, just walk straight in and don’t wait for the horse. Just expect him to follow you. If you think there still might be a ghost, then keep singing the song. Seriously, if you are trying to load a horse and don’t demonstrate fearlessness, you are creating ghosts for your horse that don’t exist. You are telling scary stories late at night and the horse believes you.
Caveat: Horses in small areas can be harmful to your health. If you don’t know what you are doing, get some professional help. If you have loaded horses in the past without trouble, but have a horse now that is hard to load, make sure you aren’t the problem by telling him ghost stories.