I am going to finally have access to a float tomorrow, I'm going to have all day to spend on this.
My horse Sammy was sold to me as impossible to load on a float. I have found its not just floats, anything that is small, dark, not solid ground etc he seems to have a genuine fear of.
I found a few areas around our property that he didn't go because of the above reasons and have worked him through this so he now goes there if told.
The last owner said they just used food to get him on a float by feeding him in it a week before going anywhere. I feel once I get him to realise the float isn't going to kill him he will be fine.
My main problem is I have never actually been told how to properly and safely load a horse.
If you are on your own would you tie the horse then close the back once it is on or close the back then tie it?
I don't want to cause him any extra stress from a silly mistake once I get him on there willingly. I hope to at least have him willingly walking on and off the float by the end of the day if I can drive with him in it would be even better.
Thanks to anyone who answers my questions and other tips are welcome.