A few trailer loading issues - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 25 Old 05-10-2013, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
Green Broke
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 2,841
• Horses: 0
A few trailer loading issues

I got my horse back in November and I was told he loaded fine. Log story short when we went to pick him up it took about 10 minutes of coaxing him on with grain to get him on. The owner then told me "well he was brought here on a stock trailer." -_-

I didnt own a trailer at that time so the only one I had was a friends that I would have to pick up way across town and bring it to the barn. I practiced with him once on loading when I had the trailer and I first tried just walking him in and he plants his feet. He doesn't act scared but he got away with so much before he tests alot. Atleast if he would step on the ramp I would praise and let him stand there. If he refused I lunged him outside the trailer and the trailer was the 'resting area'. Finally after about 15 minutes he would walk right on and off no issues.

I moved him in February. (Everytime I've moved this horse the same trailer has been used. It's a roomy older Shoop). I expected to argue with him for alittle but to my surprise he walked right on. (Only with the divider swung open though). But then he backed out frantically out of the trailer almost hitting his head. He wasnt scared or anything. So we tried again and my friend had to get the buttbar up real fast so he wouldn't fly out again. Once his butt touches the bar he'll lean on it alittle but respects it.

How do I fix him flying out of the trailer? I have a feeling he's just being a brat or something happend to him once. I do have a strong feeling he was very mishandled in his younger years.

I won't be able to practice for awhile as my trailer is being completely redone but once its finished I'm practicing everyday. Any input?
Posted via Mobile Device
Cowgirls Boots is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 25 Old 05-10-2013, 09:13 AM
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: American now in the Dominican Republic
Posts: 383
• Horses: 4
Two threads on this in Horse Forums.

This one is current and active. Click on the links, a NEW page will open for it.

Trailer Loading Problems

This is about a month old.

Trailer Loading... Help!

Both have a lot of ideas and what works for different people and horses.

I hope they can help.

Sereno is offline  
post #3 of 25 Old 05-10-2013, 11:18 AM
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: NW Oregon
Posts: 2,399
• Horses: 0
My suggestion would be to keep working with him (once your trailer is done).
When you walk him in and he backs out right away, let him. Keep the divider out of the way and don't close any doors or block him. Eventually he should be able to come in and stand. Once he comes in and relaxes you can close the door. Wait a bit, open the door and let him out if he wants out. Some horses get a bit claustophobic and panic. You may need to repeat this over and over but taking the time to get him comfortable is worth it.

If you ever find yourself in a fair fight, it's because your tactics suck. ~ Marine 1SGT J. Reifinger
Dustbunny is offline  
post #4 of 25 Old 05-10-2013, 01:41 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Northwest Florida
Posts: 4,303
• Horses: 4
When you were training him in the beginning to load were you, by chance, getting him loaded and then bringing him right back out to work on loading him again?

That is my initial impression about what the horse is thinking you are wanting from it. I have been wrong before and may be wrong now. lol Just a thought.
toto likes this.

I am Second
Born Once, Die Twice. Born Twice, Die Once.
Roadyy is offline  
post #5 of 25 Old 05-10-2013, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 2,841
• Horses: 0
Roady- when I did work on it with him I stopped once he loaded fine no issues. I didnt keep repeating and repeating. We just worked on it til he walked right on. Then praise and we were done.
Posted via Mobile Device
Cowgirls Boots is offline  
post #6 of 25 Old 05-10-2013, 01:53 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Northwest Florida
Posts: 4,303
• Horses: 4
Gotcha. I'll keep an eye on this thread to see what you come up with.

I am Second
Born Once, Die Twice. Born Twice, Die Once.
Roadyy is offline  
post #7 of 25 Old 05-10-2013, 04:19 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: SE TN
Posts: 4,655
• Horses: 3
We trailer somewhere most every weekend the weather is good and I really think the horses enjoy going just as much as we do as it gets them out of the pasture. We also try to make sure the horses enjoy the trail riding as much as we do.

I guess I'm lucky as our horses just load right in....

I might offer a couple of suggestions.....make the trailer a place the horse enjoys.

So, feed them in it for a few days without moving the trailer...just get them in, feed them, and then let them get out....... and when you do decide to move it, take it slow and easy making sure they get a good soft easy ride and don't get slung all over the place.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
gunslinger is offline  
post #8 of 25 Old 05-10-2013, 04:50 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 17,193
• Horses: 0
Try loading just his fronts, let him settle, then ask him to step down. Do it at least half a dozen times. Horses are often taught to load as the goal is to get somewhere but the horse also needs to be taught how to disembark from the trailer as well.
Sereno likes this.
Saddlebag is offline  
post #9 of 25 Old 05-10-2013, 05:18 PM
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: mountian back woods
Posts: 1,569
• Horses: 0
Do you leave him untied in the trailer? He shouldnt be abble to back out. Sounds like he needs to learn some manners and stand like a gentleman.

can he turn a circle in the trailer with out bangin up his face? Id probably teach him to circle out instead of backin for a while so he aint all freaked out.. i think standin tied in the trailer (parked in a shady cool place) would do him some good too.

The dh and me got into an arguement after him not bein able to load his colt in the trailer and me tellin him i wasnt gonna put a lead rope over his butt or push him in with our arms.. i told him id get that horse loaded in under 15 minutes and i did..

When hed plant his feet id pull him to the side and knock him off his ballance- every time he moved a step closer id ask him nicely- every refusal got him nowhere.. soon as it was up to his last step and hed be in the trailer i stood there for about 10 minutes tuggin the rope and lettin him sniff the trailer floor.. he jumped right in with me and i tied him up and we took him to the dhs parents house.

Ive never seen a horse i couldnt get to jump in the trailer with me freewill.

Its all about how your askin and your body language.

If your horse is backin out- hes tryin to follow you out of the trailer. Hell do that if hes not tied. Tie him and walk away- hell be fine.. even if he has a small melt down let him stand there and think about how that lil tantrum didnt get him nowhere!

A horse develops bad habits when we let them get away with the little things. If corrected the first time theyll not escalate into somethin bigger.

Last edited by toto; 05-10-2013 at 05:28 PM.
toto is offline  
post #10 of 25 Old 05-10-2013, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
Green Broke
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 2,841
• Horses: 0
I can't leave him tied in the trailer without the butt bar being up because hell freak out and break the trailer tie or his halter by backing out. Today my friend brought the trailer and he walked onto the ramp then backed out. So we circled to try again and he planted his feet and I gave a small tug and said c'mon. And he walked on. Waited 5 seconds then pulled back and backed out. He did it twice but I decided to leave it on a good note that atleast he loaded in the trailer. I also wasnt planning on loading him today either.
Posted via Mobile Device
Dustbunny likes this.
Cowgirls Boots is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Trailer Loading... Help! Breezy2011 Horse Training 34 05-02-2013 10:27 PM
Trailer loading Island Horselover Horse Training 10 04-23-2012 07:41 PM
Horse has backing issues, other has loading? Baylen Jaxs Horse Training 5 04-23-2012 01:57 PM
Trailer loading :( EmilyRosie Horse Training 6 10-10-2010 06:21 PM
Loading issues with a draft? Jessabel Draft Horses 7 08-28-2009 10:57 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome