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post #11 of 14 Old 03-13-2009, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Hillviewfarm View Post
Can anyone give me any tips so I can give them to her and help her out please??
Question is way too open ended for a correct response.

How long since the horse has been trailered?

Did she have any bad experiences?

Why type of trailer?

Is the trailer in good repair?

I have found over the years most trailer loading issues are not the horse. it's the truck, trailer or driver - or as I call them - the nut behind the wheel.
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post #12 of 14 Old 03-13-2009, 01:59 PM
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If your trailer is tall enough you might try riding him in. I have done this with horses that are hard to load. It works, but becareful not to hit your head going in.
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-13-2009, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Im not to sure about the horse.
She just started riding with me so I really dont know her horse. The horse has loaded before to go to shows. I think its more of the "I dont want to get in" thing. She has loaded for shows like I said but Im not sure. Next time I see her at the barn I will let you all know.

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post #14 of 14 Old 03-16-2009, 12:18 AM
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I completely agree with bilyeuamber on this one! I think this is a natural horsemanship type way of loading/sending on a trailer and it can work for both a fearful horse and a dominant horse who just doesn't want to load. The idea is to make the inside of the trailer a more comfortable place than the outside. By working them outside the trailer by circling when they refuse to load, they quickly learn that loading=rest.
With previous experiences, I would suggest a long marine grade rope (or lunge line) instead of a lead rope so if the horse refuses, rears, and/or bolts from the trailer they cannot escape by pulling the lead out of your hands (my guy got the lead rope out of my hands a few times and thought he could get out of loading if he reared and bolted...I finally got smart and switched to a longer rope).
I have found that once a horse respects you enough to ask what you want them to do and are willing to try for you, trailer loading can become a wonderful experience with great results!
Good Luck!
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