Trailer Training
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Trailer Training

This is a discussion on Trailer Training within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • Horse afraid of trailer divider

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    05-10-2008, 06:50 PM
  #1
Foal
Trailer Training

I have an older pony, maybe about 20 yrs (though she doesn't act like it). She's always been a little tough to get on a trailer, but after a bit really good about it, especially if we loaded another horse first (she also has extreme separation anxiety). Last trip, she figured out she fits under the butt bar. Since then, I can get her maybe halfway up on the first try, then she flies backward, even with another horse there or with the divider pushed over and the escape doors wide open. After the first try I can't even get her to stand still near the trailer (my intention was to stand near it, eat some grass and just get closer every day). Any tips?
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    05-10-2008, 10:52 PM
  #2
Started
I don't have any advice, but I will say that I will DEF. Be watching this thread.

My 14 year old mare is the same way with trailers... I can get her halfway into one, then she freaks out and flies backwards and won't even get near the trailer afterwards (my girl is scared of dark, enclosed spaces)...

We can load another horse first, and she still won't load. I've offered feed inside the trailer and she'll try to get it without stepping up in the trailer and if she can't she'll walk away. My girl sidesteps and backs up, jerks backwards, and all this other stuff...

So yeah, I'll be watching this thread... I've been trying to get my girl to load for the last year and she just won't! XD!
     
    05-10-2008, 11:30 PM
  #3
Foal
It is obvious since something "scary" occurred to her she is afraid. The only thing to do is to build her confidence up again. Like you said, grazing near it is good...but is she afraid of the trailer or afraid of inside of it? These are seperate issues...or is it both? I can't answer your question until you me which one is bothering her. But i'll keep an eye on this thread!
     
    05-11-2008, 10:16 AM
  #4
Green Broke
I know everyone has their own methods...but this worked for me:

1. Open up every door the trailer has so as much light enters as possible

2. Attach a lunge line to the halter

3. Don't fidgit around - when you are ready to walk up to the trailer, don't be holding this or that, securing this door or another; be prepared to *attempt* to walk right onto the trailer.

4. Encourage them to walk on with you as far as they will go

5. Once they reach their stopping point, let them stop --- but don't let them move backward. **if they try to move back, continue to encourage them to move forward until you are back at the original stopping point. This could go on for a while - so be prepared :)

6. If your horse has stood in that spot for 1-2 mins without attempting to back up, ask for another step. You will probably have to repeat step #5.

7. Once you get another step out of him, let him stand there for 1-2 minutes, rub him - then back him off (but make sure that it is your idea!)

8. Walk far enough away from the trailer to where he won't catch himself on any doors or ramps, and let him graze for about 30 seconds.

9. Repeat steps 1-8 until your horse is all the way in and standing for 1-2 minutes.

After my horse was comfortable being in the trailer, I began asking him to load where I stand at the back of the trailer and encourage him to go forward; we haven't perfected it quite yet, but we are almost there - good luck!

PS - I don't give treats for getting on the trailer - - I tried that about 10 years ago with him, and he would snatch the treat and backout quicker than he did before every time! (Same reason I don't feed grain (take a bite, back out, take a bite, back out)

Edited for : Spelling
     
    05-25-2008, 03:54 AM
  #5
Foal
trailering

I can say that my biggest pet peeve is a horse that will not load. As a result all of mine simply walk in. The best advice I can give is to be patient and act like you have all day. Don't get upset, don't discipline, just keep trying and trying. It is something you will have to work on regularly. Eventually the pony will just give up and go in. The biggest thing though, is not to get upset at her, to stay calm. The longest its ever taken me to load a horse (that wasn't mine) was 45 minutes. I couldn't get her near it, soon I was sitting on the ramp holding on to her rope while she was 'checking it out'. After a few minutes I got her front feet on and let up on the pressure and praised her. Then we went a little further and a little further. She backed out several times, but we just started over, taking a little less time to get back where we had been. If you make it a good experience each time, it will get easier. I've watched people trying to load horses and its taken them a couple of hours and a lot of discipline. Be patient, You'll get her.
     
    05-25-2008, 07:49 AM
  #6
Trained
If you have a stock type trailer with removable divider(s), try without dividers first. My experience has been that some horses have 2 different 'fears'...first is getting use to the hollow feeling/sound of being in a trailer/on a floor (similar to going over a wooden bridge) and the second is the more claustrophobic feeling of being in the chute with the dividers.
     
    06-02-2008, 09:38 PM
  #7
Foal
Ray Hunt's trailer loading method is to lunge the horse near the trailer door (door open) After some time, stop at the opening and give her a chance to enter. If she doesn't, put her back to work. If even part of her enters, give her a break. If she comes back out, put her back to work. After awhile, she will start to associate the trailer with rest and will be happy to stand inside. I know I may have made this sound awful simple and quick; in reality it may take a lot of work, but it is effective

As for being spooked by the hollow sound, you can try loading without a trailer first, using a box. ( I wrote a squidoo lens on it here: http://www.squidoo.com/trailerloading)
     
    06-02-2008, 10:43 PM
  #8
Green Broke
I would like to retract my previous post. While this method did work for a while...it has outlived it's usefulness, as I do not have all day every day I want to take them somewhere.

A friend of mine put it in really simple terms: leading is loading and loading is leading. Basically, when you point your horse on the trailer, it should load. Period.

I tried this with my guys with a short crop (for tapping, not striking). Pointed their noses onto the trailer, kissed and tapped. When they tried to back up, more kissing and more tapping (not striking) - when they moved forward, praise and a little let up on the tapping and kissing. Then....voila! Both of my horses walked right on. This has worked now 20+ times for each horse (we practice 3-5 times per week).

Boy did I feel like an idiot after my friend just stood there while justin walked on the trailer! She just smiled and said, "they know what you want".

So that's my new method. Sorry to have confused any of you!
     
    06-02-2008, 10:43 PM
  #9
Green Broke
I would like to retract my previous post. While this method did work for a while...it has outlived it's usefulness, as I do not have all day every day I want to take them somewhere.

A friend of mine put it in really simple terms: leading is loading and loading is leading. Basically, when you point your horse on the trailer, it should load. Period.

I tried this with my guys with a short crop (for tapping, not striking). Pointed their noses onto the trailer, kissed and tapped. When they tried to back up, more kissing and more tapping (not striking) - when they moved forward, praise and a little let up on the tapping and kissing. Then....voila! Both of my horses walked right on. This has worked now 20+ times for each horse (we practice 3-5 times per week).

Boy did I feel like an idiot after my friend just stood there while justin walked on the trailer! She just smiled and said, "they know what you want".

So that's my new method. Sorry to have confused any of you!
     
    06-03-2008, 12:48 AM
  #10
Foal
This is probably the most useful thing I got out of the parelli stuff and that's to recognise when a horse is trying. She is trying when she first gets on the trailer. Try if you can to stop her before she hits the panic button, praise her and take her off. Repeat this and try to get even one step further each time.If she's not even going on go to that point where she stops and wait and praise her and walk away. You should find that each time she gets a little closer and less panicky.

Another thing my Aunt did once was to park the trailer in where the horse can be fed in it. Starting at the tailgate and eventuslly working her way up. This can take some time though! GLuck :)
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:56 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0