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    05-17-2009, 06:44 PM
Step up trailer exercises

Someone that's interested in Montana mentioned that they have a step up trailer. I've loaded him on a ramp trailer and he would pause while on the ramp but would eventually load.

I was never able to practice with loading since I don't have access to a trailer but I'd like to just try some exercises to get him used to a step up.
I have no idea if he's been in a step up trailer before or anything.

What are some exercises I can do around the barn that can get him used to stepping up?
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    05-17-2009, 07:54 PM
I'd start with trot polls, it'll help him learn to lift his feet then I would make a bridge or something and make him walk over it. Any obsticle that he has to get over both physically and mentally will help when its time to get into the trailer.
When you're loading him walk up to the trailer and just see if he'll go straight in. If he doesn't back him up, and try again, if he doesn't again make him work by lunging him then try again. It takes alot of patience and after he's even just lifted his front foot in back him away and reward him then bring him forward. Do it each time with each foot, once he'll leave a foot in stop him and pet him then back him out again and start all over. This way he learns how to back out nicely as well as getting in nicely. Just keep repeating the steps and ask for more each time and reward him with he's standing there. When he gets in give him a treat and let him stand there for a while then back out.
    05-17-2009, 08:10 PM
If I had a trailer I'd just take him to that and do exercises, but I have no access to a trailer, and with the potential owners coming out I don't want to be like like "if he gets one foot, back him out and then repeat"
Kind of takes away from the whole thing I guess.

He's jumped, and gone over poles. But I'll really focus on that this week. And just hope that when this weekend comes he'll be fine.

Anyone know of a horse that was fine with a step up and not a ramp?

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