Originally Posted by bilyeuamber
The best way to work on getting a horse into a trailer is to get the trailer there. When the horse refuses to get into the trailer, lunge him in a few circles. Then try it again. Make him realize that every time he refuses to get in the trailer that he has to work. He will soon realize that it will be easier to get into the trailer than to work. I would not use treats or grain to bribe him into the trailer. A horse doesnt think, they remember. And if he remembers that he gets treats and grain to get in the trailer, he wont load without it and that is a bad habit to start. This method has worked for many many horses that I have worked with terrible trailer loading problems. Now my horses will literally load themselves!
That's exactly what I was going to suggest!! When I went to pick Bandit up to take him home they had "forgotten" to mention he had never been loaded before...Long story short, he figured out that he got to rest in the trailer instead of working outside of it. So I would suggest lunging him in circles and then trying to load..If he doesn't load up, do it all over again. It really worked for me. Also, you could try to load a "seasoned" horse first as an example and see if the other horse will follow.....Just a couple ideas.