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On the ground, you can put his feet to work with an exercise like Lunging for Respect Stage Two. Not only does this exercise get the horse’s feet moving, but it’s a great “listen to me” exercise you can do when your horse is in a new environment and full of nervous energy. The secret to getting a horse to use the thinking side of his brain is to move his feet forwards, backwards, left and right. This exercise requires the horse to do a lot of moving his feet and changing directions. It will knock the air out of him pretty quickly because it takes a lot of effort to constantly stop and change directions.
After a few minutes of working the horse next to the trailer, walk off and rest him next to the arena or on the trail, wherever he didn’t want to be. With repetition, the horse will forget all about trying to get back to the trailer. Remember, horses are basically lazy creatures. They never run to hard work.