The trailer arrived this morning to take the quarters to their new home. Coriander got on after about 10 minutes of coercion, then we tried to get Gwen on. She walked up to the trailer, stuck her nose in, sniffed around, and refused to step forward any further. She took long enough that Coriander decided he needed to throw the biggest fit in Fitsville and I was forced to get him off. After that he wouldn't even stick his nose back in. We kept trying to get Gwen on but she rebelled from the pressure and started rearing.
At that point we gave up. It was either do that or someone would get hurt. But all was not lost. The awesome guy who came to move them, who lives next door to where they're going, is bringing over a trailer and leaving it at the barn for a few days so I can do some intensive trailer loading practice. How great is that? There really are some truly fantastic people in the world.
So the horses aren't currently living it up in their new home yet, but at least I can work with them and make it so getting on a trailer isn't a traumatizing experience. Good news is, as soon as they are walking on and off the trailer I can have them moved the next day. I'm hoping it won't take longer than a week.
I'm planning on grabbing a cold beverage and some floor to just wait them out, clicking and treating when they make forward progress. I'll probably throw some hay into the mix and let them eat off the back of the trailer for a while. Any other suggestions?
Monkeywrench Addendum: Just found out the horses have to be out Wednesday because that's when the new occupants are arriving. No pressure.