Join Date: May 2010
Location: Queensland, Australia
All of my horses self load. Instead of walking up into the float with them, I throw the lead over their neck and walk up the ramp with them, then they go into the float themselves while I do up the bar behind them. Then I go around and tie them. For unloading, I untie them, throw the rope over their necks and then undo the back. Once the back of the float is undone, I tug on their tails, tell them to back and then catch their lead as they back out. They aren't allowed out until I've given them the cue. Having self loading horses makes floating so much easier. If I get a horse that doesn't self load, I put the time in to teach it. My old pony used to be terrible to load and he would flip out and thrash around if he was tied before the back was done up. Dad recently sliced his hand open when he loaded one of my current horses and tied him before he did the back up because my horse decided to attempt to fly backwards out of the float (said horse and I have had several polite discussions about his manners since then and he's much less disrespectful now).
I hope my post made sense, haha. It's crazy late at night here and I'm on my phone.
Posted via Mobile Device