How to get my horse loading.
I just wanted to see if I could get some tips hints about getting one of my horses into my new trailer. I'm new to the trailer thing. I've had horses now for about 3 or 4 years. I've always had to ride them on our own private land though because I just now got enough money saved to upgrade truck and buy a trailer. After reading a lot of info I decided to get a 7ft. tall two horse slant load bumper pull. I know it may not be the best trailer out there, but it was new and a good deal so yeah. My truck by the way is 1/2 ton silverado, but it has the 5.3 V8 4 wheel drive and tow package. I like it because I can still average 19 MPG driving to work and on the highway but it has plenty of punch to handle my trailer with no problem.
Anyways, for the problem, I can load two out of my three horses with no problem. I started easy with them and now they will just happily hop in and out. But one of my horses I can't get to go in for nothing! I have tried everything I can think of except tranquilizing her. I didn't want to go that route if I could help it. It is a step up trailer, so I even made a ramp out of 3/4" ply wood and 2x4 supports on the bottom. But she still just walk up to the edge and puts on the parking brake. I have tried annoying her, driving her and encouraging her with the end of the lead rope. Picking up her feet by hand. Of course pushing and pulling is an endless no win battle. I just need any tips and ideas I can get.
Also is it a good idea to put a hay bag in the trailer with them why you are driving? I'm just wondering, it seems like maybe they shouldn't be trying to eat while riding?