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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:
The Horse Throws His Butt Too Far to One Side or the Other
If you're standing near the trailer and the horse swings his hips away, so that he's almost standing facing you, don't worry about it. Keep his nose pointed into the trailer and keep tapping. Remember the obvious: Get the nose in the trailer and the hips will follow. Absolutely do not circle the horse to reposition him. He'll learn very quickly that he can scoot between you and the trailer at the last minute.
If the horse swings his hips the opposite direction so they're coming at you, tap his hip with more intensity to let him know that bringing his butt to you brings it into a "hot zone." He'll soon learn that this is not an option.
The Horse Regresses
The simple answer is: It'll happen. It happens because your horse will go through learning cycles any time he's presented with a new lesson. His regression will always be more obvious, of course, when it's something "he'd really rather not do," like get in the scary trailer. The positive side of this is that they tend to "have learned something" and become more compliant after they've been pushed through this part of the learning cycle. Understand that this is part of the process – and keep doing what you're doing. You've discovered over the last four segments (Days One through Four) how to break down the issue and deal with a specific problem. Use what you've learned to diagnose specifically what the issue is in order to break the stalemate. Simple case in point: The horse got on the trailer yesterday, but balks today. This happens because the horse hasn't been drilled enough on the Go Forward cue. Respond exactly as you would have earlier in your training. Most importantly, be mindful of the fact that it's not you failing in your training or that you have a horse that "will never get it." The two of you simply haven't practiced enough.