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    10-17-2011, 10:32 AM
  #1
Yearling
A bunch of trailering questions

This may be long, but I will organize it the best I can. Please answer any of the questions (or concerns) you can, as I just bought a trailer, and have never had the opportunity to trailer out to ride before.

1. I will be working with my horses to load- they have both been on trailers, but I have never personally loaded a horse.
A) I'm nervous one of them will try to fly back out once theyre in. Is there a way to avoid a panic? I want them to learn to load on/off the ramp.
B) one of my horses doesnt tie well. He panics.
- I have a blocker tie ring, can I just use this to tie him in the trailer? Can I just move it when I go to tie him to the outside?
-Should I leave him untied?

2. How many of you use horse head bumpers when trailering? I'd hate to have to call the vet for something preventable.

3. How long should I ask them to stand in the trailer once loaded for the first time?

4. I read that you should never load/unload alone because you don't want to tie a horse up, and then close the back gate (they could freak out, rush back and hurt themselves. Ideally you should have someone tie the horse as someone else latches the butt gate.
-This isnt always possible, is it? What is another option What do you do?

5. I'm worried that the horses may spook while on the ride somewhere. I'm thinking of installing a camera. What do most people do? Do horses tend to just relax after a while?

What worries me is the thought of injury. I know I sound like a paranoid old lady, but really I just want whats best for my horses. I have confidence on the ground, but I always like to inform myself before I take on any hard task. Any suggestions, even for concerns that may not be posted are greatly appreciated. I will be practicing all week, in hopes I can go trail ride this weekend



     
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    10-17-2011, 11:28 AM
  #2
Foal
1a. I had the same issue with my horse. He was always very nervous on the trailer. I had a friend load up an experienced horse on the trailer and then load up the problem one. Also try talking to the horse and just staying calm. This may sound weird but you want to trust the horse and make it feel safe.
1b. My horse doesn't tie or cross tie well. I got him a blocker tie ring with the cross tie and just clipped that to the side of the trailer. This works well and if he does panic it gives me enough time to catch him and calm him down. I practiced this at home just standing by the trailer to build his confidence before taking him to an unfamiliar place.
2. I do not use a horse head bumper. I have a head divider in my trailer so the two horses cannot go face to face and get spooked but it keeps them calm to see another horse with him.
3. To get my horse used to trailering I would put them in the trailer and take them down the road for about 5-10 minutes and see how they react. Then the next day I would go for a little longer. Then I took him to a local barn for a little while and then came back. Now we trailer for up to 2 hours or so at a time and he's great.
4. I would always try to have two people but you could always teach the horse to self load by throwing the leadline over their neck and having someone stand at the front with some food to try and get them on and after a while they walked right on without anyone at the front.
5. I wouldn't put in a camera. I think by taking them for short rides like I said earlier they should be confident in the trailer after a while. The only kind of safety item I use is shipping boots just because my horse is green and can be antsy so I don't want him to kick something and get injured.

I hope this helps!
     
    10-17-2011, 11:33 AM
  #3
Showing
First of all, do NOT get nervous loading. They feel it and will feed on you (well, not all, but many do).

You can search on "loading" in Training part of the forum - we have threads like every month (or even more often). So you can read all helpful advices from different people (I'm not going to repeat even).

But here's what I do/use.

1) I always put head bumper on my paint. Because she has a nasty habit of throwing her head up and with her height coupled with long neck she may easily hit the ceiling. I never put head bumper on my qh because it's simply not needed.

2) I need 2nd person to load my paint (because I have to tie her inside), I can unload her myself by unhooking her halter through the window and then open half of the door and put the rope on before I let her out. Mind you I have slant, so she can turn and wait for me to open the door (which she does).

3) Most of the times horses are too busy in trailer to keep the balance, so they don't have much of an option to go wild (and adding a hay and (if possible) open window really keep them occupied).

Good luck!
     
    10-17-2011, 11:39 AM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
First of all, do NOT get nervous loading. They feel it and will feed on you (well, not all, but many do).

You can search on "loading" in Training part of the forum - we have threads like every month (or even more often). So you can read all helpful advices from different people (I'm not going to repeat even).

But here's what I do/use.

1) I always put head bumper on my paint. Because she has a nasty habit of throwing her head up and with her height coupled with long neck she may easily hit the ceiling. I never put head bumper on my qh because it's simply not needed.

2) I need 2nd person to load my paint (because I have to tie her inside), I can unload her myself by unhooking her halter through the window and then open half of the door and put the rope on before I let her out. Mind you I have slant, so she can turn and wait for me to open the door (which she does).

3) Most of the times horses are too busy in trailer to keep the balance, so they don't have much of an option to go wild (and adding a hay and (if possible) open window really keep them occupied).

Good luck!
I read through a bunch of posts yesterday on trailering. I read some helpful issues, but most were directly related to a specific issue the handler was having.
This is a straight load, so they will need to back out. Should I go through the emergency door and clip the lead, while someone opens the back door?

I will exude confidence but i'll probably be shaking, lol. I trust my horses, they are both awesome. I just don't know much about trailering. I really want them to become pros at it so its not an issue after a while.

Should I buy shipping boots for both? That's quite expensive. If not, what if I just wrap their legs with polos?
     
    10-17-2011, 12:03 PM
  #5
Showing
Shipping boots didn't work well for me, frankly. My paint managed to step on and pull them off constantly. So I went with shipping wraps + bell boots on front. Still not cheap. I don't know about polo wraps so will leave it for someone else to answer.

So did they load ever or you have to teach them? If they had loading experience and calm horses I doubt you should have any problem. The way my neighbor does it (I have slant, so I do it differently), she walks the horse in, and while I keep the lead standing on front she close the back doors. Then we tie the rope. Horse usually is just busy with the hay right away. No fuss. :)
     
    10-18-2011, 06:35 PM
  #6
Trained
I trailer alone all the time. I just send my horse into the trailer and put the butt bar up behind him.
     
    10-19-2011, 01:15 AM
  #7
Green Broke
Can't answer the straight pull questions for you but for the rest.
-Borrow someone's horse that doesn't have issue loading, load them in first then one of your horses. Do this several times until your horses just jump right in.
-No matter how nervous you are act like there isn't going to be a problem loading and likely your horse will go right in.
-Load them up, go for a short drive and bring them back. If you take them out to ride everytime some horses decide that means they have to work and so wont load.
-Try trailering without bumper caps first, only use them if your horse likes to dent the top of the trailer. Most horses figure out that steel on noggin hurts and only do it once or twice. Slow learners, stubborn mules and those that like to panic wont learn and need caps.
-Have someone show you the ropes on trailering by riding along while they drive. There are tricks to trailering to minimize your horses from getting tossed around. A forgiving horse will suffer quietly and still load. A non-forgiving horse quickly figures out you can't drive and wont load.
     

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