Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
We have a slant load. I don't enter the trailer while loading the horse. Only when the horse is in and standing calmly do I enter to tie them up.
The key to getting a horse to load without leading them in is to get them to want to be in the trailer. I never use food to bribe them in. Start by working the horse away from the trailer and let the horse rest near the trailer. If they back away, put them back to work. I work the horse and slowly get closer to the trailer using the sending exercise and let the horse rest at the trailer. The first few times the horse shows interest in checking the trailer out, I then take the horse away from it, kind of reverse psychology which usually gets them more curious. As we return to the trailer, I use the forward movement of the sending exercise to send them in the trailer. When they back out on their own, back to work they go. They learn that in the trailer they can rest. You'll know that they want to be in there if you try to back them out and they go back in without you asking.
I don't let them turn around to come out. If they have issues with backing out, I work on loading again but only where they put one hoof in and then back them out. Then two hooves and back out. Repeat for the third and fourth. Usually then they don't have a problem backing out.
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