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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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- 5 days, 5 chapters
- Learn at your own pace
An excerpt from Trailer Training: An Easy guide to the Proven Methods of John Lyons:
Next, go put on your track shoes, you'll need them. This is an excellent method to teach your horse to actively seek out an open trailer and load himself – but you'll work your tail off. This also has the drawback of not doing much to teach the horse to back himself off – so you'll need to fall back and practice "on and off." Having said that, it's pretty cool to have your horse "hunting for" an open trailer door instead of balking forty feet away.
If you're familiar with round penning, parts of this will seem pretty familiar. Get your horse loping around the roundpen at a pretty healthy clip – not nuts, but he should be moving out. Position yourself such that you can ask for an outside turn: As he comes around, walk toward him and "push" his head toward the fence with your body positioning. (It really helps if you concentrate and focus on a small spot to move like his nose.) If you stand behind his withers you'll be pushing him forward, so stay in front of his withers in this case and use your movements to push his nose toward the outside of the pen. Wave your hands, point, snap your whip, do what it takes. Outside turns are famously easy to do because "running away" is exactly what the nervous horse wants to do. (This, as opposed to an inside turn, which is obviously bringing the horse in nearer you – not something they usually want to do when first started.) Turn your horse from circling to the right to the left and back again. Practice until you can turn the horse at a precise spot in your round pen (at the juncture of two panels, for instance).