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:
Any time we work with a horse, it behooves us (pun intended) to break things down and make our lessons as simple as possible. Of course, take this sort of advice to an extreme, spend too much time on minutia, and you may never get the horse in the trailer. Every situation naturally begs for a judgment call on your part as to which steps are necessary. The information covered in Days 1 through 3 gives you the process that I follow for most horses. Should you find yourself with a horse that's proving to be a challenge – and you know that you didn't skip any of the steps outlined, then this segment (Day 4) will provide a few additional steps you might take.
Due to the fact that trailer training can be so ... well, boring, I find that it helps when I'm "extra objective." I'll stay on my game by being careful to count how often something happens, then see if I can't get "one more" the next time. First, making a game out of the process keeps us from turning into a zombie. Second, "quantifying" keeps us honest: If I've instructed you to do something 200 times, you're less likely to cheat your training. Third, counting removes any guess work and tells us when we've reached an impasse. For instance, the horse puts four feet in but leaves four inches of hiney hanging out 204 times, tells us we've reached a plateau. It says we need to change things up to continue improving.