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darkpaloma 06-20-2010 10:05 AM

Trailer Loading WILD HORSE HELP
I need some help, I am going to get this filly and she wont even let you get close enough to touch her much less trailer load her, I don't wanna here how I shouldn't be getting her because I am to inexperienced or whatever, I am not gonna go into why she is so wild, I just want some tips as to how to load her safely with no injury to her. any suggestions? oh and it's a 2 horse bumper pull non-stock trailer

Doveguy 06-20-2010 11:32 AM


I highly recommend Clinton Anderson's "Trouble Free Trailering". Get the DVD and you will be able to load that horse of yours.
Trouble Free Trailering :: Downunder Horsemanship

No lecture from me. Good luck to you.

TheLastUnicorn 06-20-2010 11:46 AM

I would suggest trying to find an open stock trailer you can rent or borrow... then some stock pannels to create a chute for her. For now.

Once you get her home, then take a look at some different trainers and see what seems like it'll fit you, your new horse, and your situation.

If you can't handle this filly you won't be able to load her like a "tame" horse - so I wouldn't even try at this point, you'll only create more fear in her unless you can take the time where she is right now to gentle her and get her used to simple handling and leading.

Loading into a trailer is a real trust game - if the horse does not trust you there is no 'stress free' way you're going to get them to load. My personal preference is to never load a horse who is stressed about it - we will take as long as it takes to get the horse to realize there's nothing to fear and walk in on it's own.

I have, however, loaded into an open stock trailer by means of a chute, in order to remove a horse from a really bad situation - a few times. We didn't have the time to gentle the horse where it was (and in more than one case they didn't have a safe environment to try even if we did have time). I wouldn't do it in a straight haul though - they aren't really designed well for it... if I couldn't get a stock, I'd use an angle haul - and just leave the horse loose in the back.

MacabreMikolaj 06-20-2010 12:19 PM


Agreed. You will accomplish nothing by trying to train her to trust you enough to get into a trailer within a couple of hours. The safest and most efficient way for horses like this is to simply herd them into an open trailer. We had to do this when we picked up Shay-las yearling filly (now 3) because she was essentially wild (running on 5,000 acres, never really been handled). We just backed the trailer up to the barn doors and ran her down the aisle.

payette 06-20-2010 12:24 PM

If you can borrow a stock trailer, that would be best! And, as suggested above, herd them in. Good luck!!

Sunny 06-20-2010 12:35 PM

I also agree with the above posters. Get a stock trailer, and create a chute to herd her in.
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Dumas'_Grrrl 06-20-2010 12:47 PM

I really have nothing to add, You've been given great advice.

There really is no what to keep it stress free for the horse, the best you can do is to keep the crew level headed and stress free...or at least try. If the people can keep calm heads, it will make the situation a little better.

I wish you the very best of luck, and be safe!!!

darkpaloma 06-20-2010 08:46 PM

I did it
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What happened with this horse was she was tied out on a 20ft lead rope 24/7, so I had to take what I had, a 2 horse non-stock trailer and make the best of it, I nearly got trampled but I expected that and with alot of loving words and I hate to say she did freak out ALOT but I didnt have the time to tame her at this persons house, She is home now and my horse Paloma she is kinda being a bully with her, but only when it comes to food nothing else so far(Any advice on this?). The halter was grown into her nose and had cut into the sides of her cheeks I dressed them up before I let her loose in the pasture, I think she will be fine after being with Paloma for a few days I do monitor there feeding and if Paloma is acting a fool I raise my hands and shout, so far she is responding to that. Cherokee, the filly needs her hooves done like yesterday, how far is too far with overgrown hooves now remember I just got her today! Here are some pics!

draftrider 06-20-2010 08:55 PM

Congrats getting her loaded and home safe. I would suggest getting her into a small round pen or corral now and start halterbreaking her!

darkpaloma 06-20-2010 08:59 PM

Halter breaking
I will probably get her started on that after her nose heals up more, it is still kinda bloody *note I did put medicine on it*

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