11-13-2011, 05:12 PM
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Ground work away from the trailer.
If you have a really good handle on your horse on the ground, and he's well and truly halter broke, loading in a trailer shouldn't be that big of a deal.
Other best practices are 1.) have the trailer very well secured and chocked so it's steady when he steps on 2.) have grain and/or carrots ready as a reward 3.) allow plently of time to get him to load the right way without rushing. 4.) Have all the doors, windows, partitions, etc, on the trailer open so the trailer looks as bright and airy as possible. 5.) Have an agile and experienced friend around to help you.
Pretty much all of the natural horsemanship people and any trainer that has a DVD out covers the ground work and loading in a trailer, and the basic concepts are all the same.