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How to Train Your Horse To Trailer Load
If you're having trouble loading your horse, I strongly suggest the investment of $4.99 in my trailer-training course.
- Download and print from your home computer
- 5 days, 5 chapters
- Learn at your own pace
An excerpt from Trailer Training: An Easy guide to the Proven Methods of John Lyons:
There are quite a few "What Ifs" that could come into play here, (backing up, stalling out, turning a hip off in one direction, shooting back off the trailer, bullying you with a shoulder, loading only briefly before backing out on his own, etc.). Rather than continually "digressing," I'll cover those in Day Five's segment. Flip forward to that section, should you find your horse throwing you a curve not covered here.
With your horse's nose at the trailer, the lead in your left hand and your right hand (with dressage whip) outstretched toward his hip, ask for the horse to move forward. Tap until you get some sort of a forward movement, leaning, pawing, etc., then stop, pause, pet. Next, tap until the horse lifts a front leg. He'll put the foot back on the ground. Pause briefly and pet him before repeating. Do this several times and the horse will eventually drop that foot onto the back end of the trailer. You've just loaded a front foot for the first time. Pause a moment, then take the lead and gently move the horse back a step. Repeat that sequence, loading one foot, 200 times. That's not a typo. 200 may sound like a lot – but it'll surprise you how fast you can rack up that number.