The trailer had arrived to take Finbar away from his home of the last three years, the place where he arrived scared and starving and gradually regained his health, his energy and 400 pounds.
And for the moment, the horse wasn't budging.
In the grand scheme of things, it was a happy day for Finbar — probably the happiest in many months. He and dozens of other horses would soon depart their stalls at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center and arrive at Red Bucket Equine Rescue's new sanctuary at a ranch in Chino Hills, which it had acquired two weeks ago after months of uncertainty.
But Finbar didn't seem to share the excitement as his handlers tried to maneuver him into the back of the vehicle Thursday morning. For nearly half an hour, a handful of Red Bucket volunteers and two professional loaders tried to perform a basic task: get the horse to walk into the trailer and stand still long enough to be tied to the wall.