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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.
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An excerpt from Trailer Training: An Easy guide to the Proven Methods of John Lyons:
The repetition will accomplish several things: You're remaining in control while he's learning to load, to unload – and that he's not going to stay in the trailer forever. He's also learning to not load or unload like a maniac. Remember yesterday, how we asked the horse to move forward, then backward with zero resistance? We worked on the "What's Next?" concept – and that's coming into play here. If we began loading the horse, but realized his boots were coming unwrapped, for instance, we'd want the control necessary to stop his forward motion and to lightly back him off. He needs to be thinking about what you want – not blowing through it like an angry teenager exploding off the couch after he's been told to rake the leaves.
As we continue to move the horse on and off the trailer, a strange thing typically happens: Reverse psychology. Most horses, following enough repetition, will just go ahead and try to load, as if to say "Enough already." It's actually kinda funny, to push a horse back off the trailer, a horse that wouldn't get near it three days earlier. But that's what you need to do: Pause briefly, then ask him to back off (by applying light pressure to the lead rope). Why pull him off when loading was our goal? Well, our goal is not to get the horse on the trailer – it's to teach him "to trailer." That means he loads up when and where we ask, under all circumstances and then travels politely. Simply jamming our horses onto a trailer doesn't teach them a darn thing. Sooner or later, skipping the steps is going to cause a problem. Asking him to back that foot off isn't "pulling the foot out of the trailer," it's "unloading practice."