I've been having a lot of trouble loading my horse into our straight load trailer, and need some advice/training tips for how to help me and him make this a better situation and train him to load properly.
We have had our straight load for about three months now, and he's loaded in it fine the first two times. Two weeks ago, I took him down to the arena, not too far away from were we board. It took about a half hour and lots of coaxing and grain to get him in the trailer (I know that's a no-no, but I didn't know that at that time). It seemed like he had trouble putting his feet up into the trailer, but I'm not sure if he's really having trouble or if he's just messing with me. After going through all that trouble, I looked up some tips about trailering horses. Last night I had to take him to a 4-H meeting, so I tried lounging him a bit around the back of the trailer (I've read that calms them down?) and he still wouldn't load. After about 45 mins, I finally gave up and had my friend trailer him to the meeting in their slant load. He did fine in the slant load, but he still wont load in my straight load.
I really need some advice, if you have anything to say. I have to teach him to load by himself, because when we move I have to be able to transport him. Is he just buffaloing me, or does he really have a problem?