- For a straight load, park next to a building or a fence/panel so that when the back door is open, you have a 'chute'. This prevents horses from trying to 'escape' around the sides of the trailer.
- Put some bedding material on the floor. I've found that even for horses that are never stalled, many find a floor with bedding (pine shavings/straw/etc) more 'inviting' than just black trailer mats.
- No rewards for anything less than completely loading. These critters are very smart when it comes to food. Years ago, I tried the reward for loading half way and it took our mare, Lady, 2 minutes to figure out her strategy... half load, get treat, back out, half load, get treat,.... I think you get the picture.
- The longer you let them think about it, the longer and harder it will be. You want to walk them right in just like you are leading anywhere else. A horse that stops for more than a couple seconds gets wacked with a straw broom on the butt.
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