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        01-30-2009, 04:43 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Something else that might work good is having a lunge line behind her butt. This would take two people unless you tie the other side of the lunge line to the trailer. You would hold it behind her butt and when she backed up it would apply pressure and encourage her to go in. Of coarse you would give in take with the rope as she moved forward or backed up. This has been very effective with a lot of horses that I have seen having trouble loading. It seems to have less escape routes. I have also found that holding a lunge whip behind a horse will also get them on the trailer with out even touching them with it. You may need to tap them on the butt a few times with the whip but nothing harmful.
         
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        01-30-2009, 05:19 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Hmm yall have gave me some good ideas lol. All I have is a simple 2 horse trailer. (very hard teaching a horse how to load in it) I normally get a chair and put in it and just sit there lol ill put a trail of sweet feed all the way up to me and hold the lead rope attached to the horse as its puts 2 feet in ill slightly pull and kiss at him. He normally backs out a couple times then ill go rub him for his progress.

    I have also found it makes it alot easier if you have a horse that knows how to load and the horse your teaching watches them a couple times.
         
        02-09-2009, 08:57 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    Well again I worked with Beanie and she did very well. As I only 1 day a week that I could work with her. I have been giving cues from behind with a switch or whip, but nothing to the extend that would hurt her. Just used as a reminder to move foward.

    I am now working with her on the ground to back up with the works "BACK". This will help her to back out of the trailer rather than trying to turn around. I am afraid that she is pretty big and may get stuck someday trying to turn around.

    I feel like that every time that I lunge her to get her attention drawn to me or to correct a mistake she made, she seems more submissive now.
         
        02-10-2009, 02:11 PM
      #14
    Foal
    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...
         
        02-10-2009, 02:48 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Right on!

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    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.
         

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