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post #11 of 12 Old 07-01-2012, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone makes sense I was just doing it backwards or just doing it the way I would if I had another person.

I don't think my horse needs more training I just think that one time was more of a misunderstanding of what I was asking him to do. All my horses are comfortable on trailers. And I had the back of the trailer open so he just took that option lol!

Yesterday I was at a show and I had people with me but I wanted to try to load and unload alone. I had the extra set of hands to make sure it wouldn't turn into a bad experience and a loose horse at a horse show and I followed the advice and it worked great. To unload instead of pulling on the tail I ended up having my hand on my horses bum to give pressure ( she wasnt leaning on it) and then I took my hand off and said "come on" which is a habit of mine to always say when unloading and it worked great. To load I did the back bar up first. My horse was a little confused but she was tired and went with it so it was a good experience!

I have chest bars in my trailer as well, they are right by the man door which I have on both sides. One for each horse. Those bars I always keep up, Some people when they have their horse in my trailer take them down and I saw a girl do that and her big draft x jumped out the man door. If those where ever down trying to load on your own I think the horse may just do a little loop up and out of the trailer! Lol
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post #12 of 12 Old 07-03-2012, 05:59 PM
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You simply teach them to load and unload themselves. Walk the horse up to the trailer and send them forward. It might take some training, but eventually they get the idea that they're supposed to walk forward.
Some people put the horse on a lunge line and put it through the sidedoor so they can pull on it and the horse feels someone tugging him forward and he'll walk right in. (Most people can just put the leadrope on the neck and let the horse go right in). Once he's in (have the chest bar up), bolt the buttbar and you can put the ramp up if you want. Then walk over and tie the horse up for the trip.
Once you're there, untie the horse, throw the rope over his neck, take the ramp down, take the buttbar down, and let the horse back out. Just grab the lead rope off his back and help him down. Simple.
If your horse refuses to load without help, walk him in, keep the leadrope with you as you walk out the sidedoor, then drop it and put the bar/ramp up.
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