Originally Posted by hhadavis
I know this sounds odd but I was a first time horse owner when I got my horses..and they were young, my gelding had to be pratically picked up and put on the trailer to get him to my house..so to solve that I started by backing the trailer up to one of the gates of the corral (a friend suggested it) where I put them up every night, wired open the trailer gate because I have one of those horses that likes to open/close them...every night I would feed them their grain out of that trailer for about 2 weeks or so...after the first week I would come home to find them hanging out in the the trailer just to hang out...crazy I know, but you know I havent had any issues putting them on a trailer ever since...I might have an issue if its a trailer they have never been on before they will have to stop and check it out..but then they load right on the thing every time. And yes I was using the food as the lure...but after I got them used to trailer I didnt have to lure them with the food any longer. I also did this with a filly I weaned at my place(for a friend) to see if it would help her over her issues too..and it did within a week she was hanging out in there too, and when it was time for her to go back home they had no problems putting her on the trailer. I think they just became so comfortable with it because it became part of the barn/corral so to speak. It was actually kind of funny because when I weaning that filly at my house she was in the same side of the corral as my gelding...and when they were done eating (separated) he would go to the trailer and elbow her out so he could hang out inside. Weird...
This is exactly how I have trained all my horses to load. Works great. Mine will even load without being lead in. Training my two old this way right now.