I have not had to spend "days" teaching a horse to step up or step off of a trailer Cherie...most of the time, once I know the horse backs off light pressure (that is often the biggest problem right there, is resistence right from the ground), I go to the bridge, and from there it goes fairly quickly as a general rule. I also incorporate alot more groundwork than I'm detailing here, so it's not "just" me teaching a horse to back...there's more aspects to it, and the horse basically chooses for himself that loading and unloading willingly are the better options rather than having to work.
I do not have the physical strength (nor the desire) to pull any horse out of a trailer, period...so I take the time to retrain his mind in a different way...same as you do, just a different approach. I point the horses to the trailer and they go in, and I give the tail a gentle tug and they come out gently.
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 03-29-2011 at 12:57 AM.