Originally Posted by LynnF
I don't think the fact that she has to lead her horse in means she is a bad loader. I always lead my horses into the trailer, how else are you going to get them tied and the dividers closed once they are in there? This really does not make sense to me.
Depends on the trailer, our old slant load they would walk into the "slant" towards the front you step in the trailer and close the divider. There's enough room that you're not standing behind them in any sort of danger. Then we had fold down windows to tie if we wanted to by their head. I, personally don't tie but that's me.
If you lead a horse into the trailer it can be VERY dangerous especially if you have no way to get out. The only out would be to get the horse out or inch your way around the horse. I wouldn't do that, especially if I had a nervous horse -- that's asking to be kicked or hurt. It's so easy for even a seasoned horse to freak in a split second and by sending them in you eliminate you being in the trailer and getting smashed, kicked, pinned etc.
If it works for you great! I just won't do it, to many horror stories so I choose to stay outside the trailer while my horse gets in. Then I shut the divider / doors / slant and tie if I need to. Always seems the horse is much more relaxed getting in alone at least mine are.