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post #11 of 16 Old 03-02-2013, 03:14 PM
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I would think that a little bit of work with a horse with a loop around his butt out in the round pen or the paddock might be smart, before you start working on trailer loading. I mean, to see if he will calmly accept the feel of it around his hock /butt area, and to see if you can "lead" him from it.
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Depends how adventurous you are I suppose

I just make the mistake of assuming that everyone has dropped reins etc behind their horses. I am so uncoordinated and ham fisted with ropes I make sure all of mine are OK with stuff dangling around them, because I know it will happen at sometime.
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Here you go, we went from this:






To this



In literally 2 minutes, I was amazed
I think having a rope around the horses butt is really driving it from behind and the same can be achieved using a stout 4 foot whip with a soft 6 ft cord. Same principle.

We used to load by leading the horse but it was a dangerous way to load and when I went through the issues of loading Stella the trainer taught me a much easer and safe way. Similar to the second photo but not a loop on the horses butt but the whip. Whip sounds wrong as it brings to mind pain and suffering. So its now a carrot stick and just laying or tapping on the top of the rump forward of the tail achieved the desired result by driving her forward. What really gets me annoyed is kate, All we have to do is tell her to get in and she does.

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I think having a rope around the horses butt is really driving it from behind and the same can be achieved using a stout 4 foot whip with a soft 6 ft cord. Same principle.
Same only different, there was something about the lariat that put Ben in a whole different place in his head about getting on the trailer.

I had tried a lunge rope in the same manner before with zero results, but that day he just got in, it was that simple.

As with everything I don't think there is a one size fits all answer to loading a horse, you have to find what works for you and your horse. I have tried many things with many horses, and Ben is the most stubborn so far, every time I think I have cracked it he takes a step back and we start again.

Now we are using food as a reward, that works for now, but it wont last I'm sure.
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Same only different, there was something about the lariat that put Ben in a whole different place in his head about getting on the trailer.

I had tried a lunge rope in the same manner before with zero results, but that day he just got in, it was that simple.

As with everything I don't think there is a one size fits all answer to loading a horse, you have to find what works for you and your horse. I have tried many things with many horses, and Ben is the most stubborn so far, every time I think I have cracked it he takes a step back and we start again.

Now we are using food as a reward, that works for now, but it wont last I'm sure.
Did the reward thing with Stella as well. I even sung to her to settle her once in. Good old country song (Today I started loving you again) Don't think she liked my voice. She backed out in the middle of the second rendition.

Stopped giving her food as an enticement when I saw her enter the trailer when I was not around and help herself, then back out as calm as can be when she had had her fill. Knew then she was having me on and the gloves came off.

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If you're only trailering him, I see no reason not to take the divider out and let him stand backwards. I did that with my horse for 2 years. Worked great. Happy horse, happy mom.
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