Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Florida, the sunshine state.
Don't let him load in the trailer then! Act like your walking to it, but stop before the point where he starts to get scared. It's a small enclosed place, and he feels claustrophobic. But make him feel like he needs to go in there and check it out! Reverse psychology. Hahaha. Walk him towards it, then stop and go left. Walk him towards it again, then stop and back up. Walk him towards it again, then walk around the outside and see if he'll sniff around it. Walk him one foot onto the ramp, then back up again. Just keep doing this over and over, spend a day on it! Slowly get more of him in the trailer at a time before you back him out. If this doesn't prove effective, then park the trailer in his pasture or pen, and put his feed bucket in it, just far enough that he'll have to put at least one leg in there. Then, the next feeding time put it a few inches further. Eventually he will have to get his whole body in the trailer if he wants the feed. Both these methods make the right choice easy, the wrong choice hard! ;) He's scared of the trailer, so forcing him will just show him he's right to be afraid.