Nothing wrong at all with being nervous! THAT will keep you safe because you won't let your guard down. Versus someone who's going about it not paying attention and doesn't see the wreck coming....
I love self-loading horses. It completely prevents the human from having to go in the trailer. Last time I practiced with my 2-yr-old, he self-loaded into the back slant (trickiest, smallest-looking spot). Such a good boy!
Now, if anyone has any tips on teaching your horse to self-unload, well I'd love to hear it! Because I haven't figured that out yet. I'm still having to get into the trailer to unload them. (On one hand, I don't mind that, because they don't rush to get off the trailer when that door is opened. )
But a few basic safety things I keep in mind:
--Horses must have on their breakaway halters to be trailered. I won't have anyone getting "hung" if we get into a car accident.
--Horses do NOT get tied until the dividers are closed and the back door is latched. In the rare event they would bolt backwards, they won't be trapped to their lead.
--Horses get untied BEFORE the back door is opened and before dividers are opened. Same problem averted.
(I drop down the windows to facilitate hooking and unhooking them from the ties.)
--All trailer ties have quick-release snaps on the window side (not the horse side).
--Fly masks get put on after the horse is loaded, and get taken off before they are unloaded. I feel it helps them to see things better and judge distances better.
--Horses are never trailed without hay in front of them, and without shipping boots or standing wraps protecting their legs.
--And as the pictures above that someone else posted depict: Always stand off to the side of your self-loader so you are not in harms way.
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