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    11-03-2012, 07:06 AM
Green Broke
I have shared this on another thread. I worked with this horse for friend for one week.

Loading a horse - YouTube
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    11-03-2012, 07:30 AM
Wow that's so cool! What techniques did you do to make him go right in? I'de like to try it! Ahaha
    11-03-2012, 08:21 AM
Green Broke
To put it simple, work them outside the trailer and lt them rest in the trailer. I start with lunging. Enough to get them breathing heavy. At that point I bring them to the trailer, just to let them rest at the trailer. If they sniff or investigate the trailer, I let them. If they back away, back to work they go.

When they start to stand calmly just outside the trailer, I use the sending exercise, just like lunging but in half circles. I use their forward momentum to send them into the trailer. Usually, they'll balk or back out right away, so back to work again. They figure out that if they stay in, they can rest.

Finally, when they do stay in, I'll try backing them out just a step. They usually back all the way out so I work them some more. You know that they choose to be in when you try to back them a step or two, release the pressure and they go back forward. That's the point where they will load themselves like he does in the video.

The method is from Clinton Anderson.
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    11-03-2012, 08:31 AM
Sweet! But i'm guess you wouldn't be able to do this method with a split trailer right? Because that's what I have.
    11-03-2012, 08:50 AM
Green Broke
Even if you have a straight load or split load, it should work. I've seen it done with a bigger trailer but the opening in the back was half the width of the trailer.
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    11-03-2012, 09:01 AM
Aaaah I see
    11-03-2012, 10:01 AM
Green Broke
Ohh the terrible trailer loading....
Took me 2 years until I could get Rebel off the property O.o
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    11-03-2012, 10:10 AM
Originally Posted by MangoRoX87    
Ohh the terrible trailer loading....
Took me 2 years until I could get Rebel off the property O.o
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Wow really??
    11-03-2012, 11:54 AM
Sometimes horses can get a bit claustrophobic. We have had that issue with a couple over the years. It was solved by either removing the divider or swinging it out of the way to give them more room.
I am a big fan of the Clinton Anderson (and a few other similar pro's methods) on loading. The information now available to horse owners is a god-send to horses and their peeps!
Good luck to you on solving your problem.
    11-05-2012, 09:15 AM
Is your trailer ok as far as sticky brakes, bearings, bad tires, flooring etc. There may be something wrong with your trailer. I would rule it out.

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