Originally Posted by kevinshorses
Whack her on the ass!
Thank you Kevin - I was just about to say that
Treats are all good and well, sure horsey will come to play for a food reward... but there is nothing established that makes the trailer a comfortable place and outside and uncomfortable place. So when one day you are miles from home in pouring rain and freezing wind, and have no food to lure the horse in with - what are you going to do then????
Pressure, release. That's how horses learn, pressure when they are going backwards or not moving, release when they walk forwards towards the trailer. Second they stop, pressure again. I use a dressage whip on the hindquarters to constantly tap. I'm not hurting the horse in any way, simply being an annoyance until it steps forward, then the annoyance goes away. Horses aren't dumb, they learn pretty damn quickly that stepping forward is comfortable, and moving back or staying still when asked to move forward is uncomfortable. When they go in the trailer, there is no pressure, they can stand and go to sleep. But outside the trailer, there's this annoying tapping their back end that drives them nuts.
Get the gist?