Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Somewhere in Wisconsin
My horses are trained to go in with a point and smooch from me, I toss the leads over their backs and then to back out when we arrive with no assistance as well!
I teach them from the beginning some get it right away, some don't. I start with loading just asking for a foot and back out. Then two and back out. So on and so forth until we can get into the trailer just fine. I normally do this from outside the trailer, this later then helps sending them in. You need a few hours here! It takes repitition and time, lots of it, but so worth it. For unloading if they don't really get it or keep turning around I put a lead on the horse from both sides then have each person help guide the horse to back out. I don't allow the horse to turn around! Do NOT let them, ever, no exceptions. Usually doing this a few times solves the problem and you have more control with two people if the horse decides to bolt, or take off.
It does get easier over time and will be great for you in the long run! The one factor here though is slow and easy! When you rush this process and the horse, you get the head tossing, spooking etc. You have to bring your energy down and make the process peaceful, so to speak. The more agitated you get, the more the horse will and that's not how you want to teach a horse to load -- I can say that from experience with my Arab. The minute I'd get agitated he'd get flighty throw his head, paw, snort. I brought it down and we accomplished what we wanted.
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Last edited by Annanoel; 03-07-2013 at 10:58 AM.