Originally Posted by Maverick101
I personally would take the time to teach her to back out.
As you never know when a situation arises that your for what ever reason cannot turn her around, then your SOL as she has built up a habit of only walking out, this could pose an injury risk to yourself and the horse if she decided to loose it during a situaiton where she needs to back out.
Just my 2 cents :)
There are pros and cons for both ways of coming out. Backing, the horse can slip and get a leg caught under the trailer. Forward, they can be more likely to rush out. Forward is easier for the horse while backing can be more difficult.
I like to have the horse back out. One of our mares would not back out for anything. After working with her, she backs out just fine. What I did with her was to have her get one leg in, then back out and away from the trailer. Then two in and back out. Three and back out. Finally all four and back out. I think that the problem most horses have with backing out is they are unsure of stepping down.