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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 freezes up, walk around and get his rear end moving away from you, as you did in the previous exercise. The more resolute your horse is to stand there and resist your backup requests, the quicker you should get his hip disengaged. (The shoulder nearest you stops, the horse turns on this shoulder, moving his back end = "disengagement" or "turn on the forehand") Spin him first left then right or a complete circle if you have to. The more you'll keep him hopping the quicker he becomes light enough that you can get him to take a step back. Again, because it's that important: It's his resistance that makes this tough. "Annoy" your horse; motivate him to find the answer. Be the fly.
Think of the control you've built over the past two days: We've got individual body parts moving forward and backward, left and right. Throw in "up and down" and you've got the only 6 directions the horse can go. When you approach the trailer tomorrow, keep that in mind. No doubt your horse will not perform as well there as he does with no trailer in sight – which is why we've first "over-practiced" in a quiet area. When the time comes to actually begin loading up, be quick to isolate body parts and use the tools you've developed to straighten things out.