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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:
Do Do the Following:
- Put padded helmet (available at most feed stores) and boots on your horse if you feel that trailering might be anything other than sedate. Horses quite often slip off the lip of the trailer and bruise their legs when first learning to load (during that point where they're loading just the front one or two feet or stepping off with their back legs) so boots/wraps are a good idea
- Pause a moment before unloading when first pulling into your destination so the horse doesn't start associating stopping with getting right out – a sure invitation to bad habits such as pawing and trumpeting
- Practice loading from both sides of the horse
- FYI, when you travel with one horse, the common procedure is to put the horse in on the left side, the driver's side, so that you carry his weight on the "inside" of your turns
- Make sure you get your lights, hitch and brakes checked out a full week before needing your trailer. The rule of thumb is that "If it can break, it will be broken that morning." (And what mechanic will you find at 5am on a Sunday?) Make sure that you have the necessary adaptors to make electrical connections between truck and trailer. It's also a good idea to carry extra fuses and learn where they go. (They're hidden in several locations on some trucks.)