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  • Can I practice loading horse in trailer without hooking it up

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    12-09-2012, 09:12 AM
  #11
Weanling
I did trailer training without the truck attached. And a lot of it. I spent a week trailer training my pony out in his field every day and never had a single problem. It was nice because I just left the trailer in his paddock to get used to it.
     
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    12-09-2012, 03:05 PM
  #12
Weanling
Sometime when the truck is attatched to the trailer, pull your emergency brake cable out and make sure it works well. Then when you want to you can always pull that pin to give you an extra bit of security that your trailer brakes are locked and won't move.

I woudln't pull it and leave the pin pulled for a long time due to battery drain, but while you are practicing every now and then shouldn't kill anything.

But i'm with those that have done it. For 2 weeks after I got my mare she didn't get to eat any grain unless she was standing on the trailer
     
    12-09-2012, 10:35 PM
  #13
Foal
That's dangerous to load without a truck attached that trailer will flip back as soon as that horse steps on the back...
     
    12-10-2012, 02:32 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Bad experience here.

Ex-spousal had a young horse wanting to load. He decided to "practice loading" instead of just hooking up and hauling.

He wouldn't listen, so got himself and horse in trailer, all the way to front, and horse was fine but the weight shifted the trailer off the block, and it dropped. Not cute.

So, I am a firm believer in no loading with being hooked.

And don't like to tie to one either, but at barn I work at, we do do it, but I am always leery of it.
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    12-10-2012, 03:05 PM
  #15
Weanling
To prevent previous post, jack the trailer way down, then blocks under the back corners, jack trailer way up, blocks under the front corners and now the trailer is on 4 solid blocks (still put blocks infront & behind the wheels)

But now you ahve a trailer on solid makeshift jack stands that you can work with and not have your truck tied up at the same time
     
    12-10-2012, 03:17 PM
  #16
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
Actually, all you have to do is make sure your trailer is fully braced/blocked so that the back of the trailer doesn't sink down with the horse's weight in it. I have blocks that fit securely under the rear of the trainer and I have all four wheels chocked.

While I usually do my trailer training in a gooseneck, I sometimes have to train in a clients personal trailer when they are not there to hitch up.

Yup.

Plus, it depends on the trailer anyway. Your small trailer would be the type that could possibly have the front end come off the ground with the weight of the horse in the back of it. It's not going to "flip over" but it sure could scare your horse (and you!). Make sure your wheels are blocked up so the trailer can't roll and make sure the underside of the trailer (in the back) is blocked so it can't sink down when the horse steps on it.

However if you had a larger heavier trailer, like a 4-horse gooseneck, that trailer isn't going to budge when you load a horse in the back. However, still definitely block the wheels so it can't roll. I've practiced loading lots of big horses into the back of large trailer and I've never had one budge. It's the smaller lighter trailers you have to be careful with.
     
    12-10-2012, 03:18 PM
  #17
Trained
You know, it just takes a few minutes to hitch the trailer up, so why don't you do this first? Imagine all of the time you'll have to spend retraining a horse who decides that all that shaking is safe for him. A long 4-horse trailer can be used this way, but that's bc the center of gravity is much further forward. I have done it, but I blocked just the back stall to use. I wouldn't risk it in a 2 horse.
     
    12-10-2012, 04:55 PM
  #18
Showing
I've loaded horses many times without the vehicle attacked. I've seen a trailer tip downward when the jack up front sank into the sand. Horse got a scare but not hurt. That made me realize that a trailer must be well blocked. My blocks are like short chunks of railroad ties plus short lengths of 2x8s. Two blocks at the front, two at each back corner plus one set of tires on each side is blocked. The trailer is rock solid. Less movement than when on the truck.
     

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