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How to Train Your Horse To Trailer Load
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An excerpt from Trailer Training: An Easy guide to the Proven Methods of John Lyons:
Your intermediate goal should be to get the horse to stand near the trailer, looking in. It's important no matter how you approach this training that anytime the horse is near the trailer, you keep his nose pointed into the trailer. Allowing him to look left or right, however briefly is asking him to pick an escape route. Use your Go Forward cue to ask the horse to step up. Should he balk, and he most likely will, bring him away from the trailer and put him back to work intensely. It must be hard work on his part – we've got to overcome his reticence to enter the trailer and that often times takes intensity. Work for a few more minutes and "point the horse" toward the trailer, give your Go Forward cue – and see if you can't get him "more in than last time." Anytime he gets "more in than last time" allow him to stand there and rest. (You'll probably need the rest yourself.) Once again, look for small improvements: Pawing the trailer is actually a good thing; it means he's thinking about it. Don't reprimand pawing. Lifting a leg, sniffing, leaning forward – those are all signs your horse is working with you. It's the horse saying "I'm thinking about it."
Continue working this way, intensely working the horse 15 feet from the trailer, then asking it to load up, asking for more and more. As you add pressure outside the trailer, the inside of the trailer starts looking better and better. Give your horse absolutely no down time outside the trailer; he's gotta be moving at a good clip the entire time. The horse may want to "unload" himself. That's fine – let him back out but put him right back to work. Keep the pressure up and before long you'll have your horse wanting to get in the trailer. A horse who wouldn't go near a trailer the day before will begin hopping in the moment you open the door.