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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:
If your horse paws inside the trailer, wait till he's quiet before removing him. Letting him out as he paws will only cause him to do it even quicker the next time. Get in the habit of pausing for a moment before unloading him; don't simply stop, climb out of the truck and open the trailer doors. Also, don't let your anger get the best of you: Don't scream, don't bang on the trailer, don't react to the horse's brattiness. He wants attention and will accept obscenities if it's all he can get.
If the pawing has reached a level where you need to specifically deal with it, then tie him to the outside of the trailer or another safe place, ignore his pawing and allow him to get accustomed to standing there for several hours. (This presumes that your horse can be safely tied. Don't tie a horse that doesn't tie.) You'll need to stay nearby and make sure he's got occasional water and shade. Make sure that you never untie him when he's pawing and only praise him when he's acting like a gentleman. (Petting horses to calm them says, in effect, "Good, horsey, go ahead and do that again.") When you can tie the horse in several different areas and he'll stand quietly, progress to tying him within the trailer and the problem will begin to fade away. For eons people have been tying their horses to "Patience Posts," which is the same idea.