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post #1 of 6 Old 01-09-2014, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys I need some help please!! So my barrel horse is use to riding in a stock trailer that's all opened up inside, so me and my friend have started hauling together the first time he jumped right up there with no problems at all!! Than last month I went to load him up in there and he wouldn't go, we tried threatening him with the lunge whip, we tried getting some feed and treats, and we finally got him up after 15 minutes by me in he trailer pulling him and my friend and her dad pushing him!! Then after the rodeo he jumped right up there!! This weekend we have a rodeo that we're hauling together to and we are meeting at a gas station, so is there any easy way of getting him up there if he refuses again? Anything you guys do?
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-09-2014, 09:58 PM
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It sounds like maybe he was just testing his limits the one time. If he refuses to go in again, you might have to retrain to load.

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post #3 of 6 Old 01-09-2014, 10:34 PM
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^^^ I agree.

If you have trouble, the best thing I can tell you is keep your horses facing the trailer. Ask him to walk toward the trailer if it walks forward stop and let him stand for a second. Then ask him to step forward toward the trailer, once you are in front of the trailer ask the horse to set forward, he should step up into the trailer. Teach your horse to step forward, no matter what is in front of him move forward means move forward. Its easy to say it takes time and practice.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-09-2014, 10:37 PM
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Here's a good video on how to trailer Donkeys that aren't used to being trucked, no reason it wouldn't work for horses too. You could always add a couple bites of food once he's in too to make it a more pleasurable place for him to be.
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-10-2014, 08:55 AM
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I watched the donkey video. I would not try snubbing a horse to a trailer like they snubbed the donkey in this video. Even a horse that is broke to tie solidly will set back. Unlike the donkey (that sulls), horses sull and then take huge 'blind' leaps forward.

If you do this with a horse that does not want to load, it will usually cut its head half off or paw out and cut its legs to the bone. I cannot count how many horses I have had to teach to trailer load for other people and they had the wounds or scars from owners trying to snub their horses to a trailer to get them in.

We use a flat web halter and run a 1/4 inch nylon cord under the horse's chin or under its upper lip and teach it to go forward. The string draws tight and is uncomfortable if the horse does not lead forward. The uncomfortable pressure of the string will release when he comes forward. You can load any horse in a trailer in a few minutes once you learn the correct timing of the release.

Don't try the trailer at first. Take a few minutes to teach the horse to come forward for the release at other obstacles. I lead them over a piece of plywood, take them up onto a cement slab, lead them over some big poles on the ground. I find something they do not want to lead on or over. If you pull lightly and steady, the horse will eventually take a step forward. When he does, put slack instantly into the lead. Horses very quickly learn to step forward to get that release.

Then, most just step right up into a trailer when they are asked with that light pull on the string.

It is very important that you do NOT pull hard and do NOT jerk the lead attached to the string. This will get a horse 'reactive' and get him 'on the fight'. A reactive horse is not going to load anywhere for you. You only want it to be uncomfortable and do not want it to hurt. If you start hurting the horse with the string, he will either fight you or tune you out (sull) and it is all over until he settles back down and starts thinking again.

I have used this technique on horses that have refused to load for more than 10 years. Many had scars from the failed attempts. Owners could not believe their eyes.

You can load a horse a few times like this, always using a 'smooch' to ask them to move. Then, you can just lead them to the back of any trailer, smooch and they step right in without even leading them in. I have been doing this for about 50 years and it has not failed yet.

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post #6 of 6 Old 01-12-2014, 02:19 PM
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Just like Cherie was saying don't try to snub a horse!
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