Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I really recommend CA's method to get him comfortable in the trailer. We had the same problem with my (now) 6yo KMH. We used the method, where you lunge back and forth with the trailer in between and open. The ONLY place he got a rest was in the trailer, and every time we repeated the exercise he WANTED to go in and rest there. NOW, no problems loading. PLUS, a lot of my groundwork in backing, and he backs very well out of my step-up, as well. Right now, you're asking "Pretty please and you'll get a treat." He is afraid of the space and fear will trump treats every time.
Btw, I have a 4-horse slant load, and I closed it to train him so that only the back stall was open, so as to prevent him turning himself around in the trailer.
Sometimes trailer-scared horses will injure themselves turning around in the trailer. I had a spooky mutt gelding--the one that was afraid of his shadow and threw me and broke my arm 8 years ago--are HE hurt himself in this trailer trying to turn himself around. I trailered him to his new home (previous owner) with my older, calm gelding in the front stall, and there was plenty of room to turn around, but he panicked. They MUST walk in and back out.