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post #11 of 12 Old 04-22-2013, 03:08 PM
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Lot's of ideas and different ways to load a horse. Days of feeding in the trailer and moving the grain in a little more each day. He quickly learned that he could rush in, get a mouthful and back out before I could hook him up and being that I'm in an awkward position, no way could I hold him. My problem with him, and my other two horses, was that they would back out. SOOO....

I used a longer lead and fed my end through my center divider at the lower point in the front. Lower since the horse would rear some and hit his head and found that the head tie down hook was to high. I then kinda wrapped the lead under the divider that gave me enough leverage that the horse could not back out. Horse relaxes and I take in more line until the horse is in and now easy to hook up. After a few times doing this, my horses know that they can not back out and it takes me less then 30 seconds to load them. And they know that hay and grain are waiting for them.

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post #12 of 12 Old 04-22-2013, 05:43 PM
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One thing to remember that no one has mentioned yet: When you are working with your horse, your end goal should NOT be to get her in the trailer.

Sounds strange, right?

I purchased clinton anderson's trailer loading DVD and it is awesome (highly recommend it). But if your horse doesn't want to put their whole body in the trailer, then you need to start small and gain respect.

This is more than just lunging your horse endlessly in circles. You should be able to move any part of your horse's body (shoulders or hindquarters, forward or backward) while you horse is on the end of the line, without you moving one step. THAT'S control and respect. So make sure you can do that first, before you bring the trailer into the mix.

work on this every single day for 10 to 15 minutes. Maybe the first day you will get her to load and unload one front foot. Great!!! Quit. Go do something else.

The next day, try to get both front feet to go in and out of the trailer. Great!! Quit. Go do something else.

And so forth. By asking/retreating over and over again, it becomes no big deal to the horse.

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