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post #1 of 3 Old 07-31-2013, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Question Tips for loading in a smaller trailer?

I'm taking my horse on a trail ride that we have to trailer out for, and instead of using the normal trailer that my horse is used to we're taking a 2 horse-slant.

He's a 16.2 hh paint, and while he's very well behaved in larger trailers, he is a bit hesitant to get in smaller trailers. I want this process to be as easy and painless as possible, so I need tips to help get him in if he starts to resist!

I plan to have a lunge rope and a chain lead just in case, but any tips?

Riders aren't 16 and pregnant. Riders are 16 and arthritic.
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-31-2013, 12:36 PM
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Is he being trailered alone, or with another horse? If he's alone, remove the divider or secure it back (if it's set up to do so) and haul him loose. If there's another horse, it's often roomier in the back stall, so try loading the other horse first and yours second.
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-31-2013, 07:15 PM
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I don't think the problem is the trailer size once the horse is in, I think the problem is loading the horse in the trailer. In that case load your horse first! Don't get fustrated is the key thing. Reward horse with scratches, pets, treats, etc., but don't bait him with food! That is a nono. Have a lunge whip (or dressage whip - I like both for different uses). Make him work outside the trailer and not when he gets in the trailer.

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