Palomine, I wasn't trying to say to not load and go but to give them a chance to settle once you get there. You are right that they should load, work when you get to the destination and reload without issues. When done frequently as you seem to do, they do get accustomed to it. We don't trailer very often. When we do, we like to let them be while we get things organized, usually not done in a hurry. It's the same after the ride, we let them rest while we put things away. We also usually give them some feed or let them graze at that time. Kind of a reward for hauling our butts around.
Are our horses spoiled? Sure, why not? At the same time, we (the horses and I) know exactly where I'm at in pecking order, at the top. When I ride, it's for relaxation. I want to enjoy it and I think what we do lets them enjoy it too. Could I do it as you say, unload, ride and reload? Sure, we've done it. Thing with that is the horses are a little more antsy and feisty during the ride. They're not as relaxed which doesn't let me have a relaxed ride. That's why I suggested giving time to settle when getting there and before heading home. Posted via Mobile Device