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post #1 of 6 Old 01-10-2016, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys!

My horse don´t want to go into the trailer, is frightened to stay in a small place Can you give me some tips?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-10-2016, 07:29 AM
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First-lots of patience. Reward every step onto the ramp, then back off. This will likely take days of practice, a little at a time. I do lots of ground work first and get my horse driving well on line…..then teach them to move closer and closer to the trailer and eventually in. NEVER force it. It is likely there are videos of this… I will try and look for some. No pulling, tugging, whipping involved.

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post #3 of 6 Old 01-10-2016, 09:46 AM
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What have you tried so far? Is the problem he won't go in or won't stay in or both?

There are tons of methods, this is one I used with good success for starters with a really frightened but food motivated horse. It does takes time though.

Park the trailer in his pasture (stabilize it well) open it up and leave it there. When you go to feed him put the feed on the back ledge so he is sticking his head in there to eat and let him eat it there for a few days. This takes the edge off the fear. Work it deeper into the trailer until he has to load to eat in the trailer. Then start working on trying to get him to go in when you ask him to using whatever method will work best for him.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-10-2016, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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My methods

I have tried it opening the front door and putting his straw at the end of the trailer and my horse wouldn´t go.

I will try with your methods
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I like the circling technique.
1. Put some feed in the trailer so when he does go in he gets an instant reward.
2. Open the ramp and have your horse on a lead.
3. Ask your horse to circle around you by the ramp (like lunging but just with a lead rope). Typically a horse who does not like loading will shy away from the ramp (towards you) when they pass by it. Keep circling until he does not shy away.
4. As soon as he circles confidently past the ramp allow him to stop and praise him.
5. After a rest preform the exercise again but this time closer to the ramp. Perhaps now he will be close enough that as he passes by he has to take a step on the corner of the ramp.
6. Use the same method as before and reward with praise/rest when he circles confidently.
7. Repeat the circling, rewarding and moving closer until your circle goes up the ramp. When the horse walks onto the ramp you can step inside the trailer and encourage them in. But watch the horse: "Are they ready to come all the way in? Or should you stop at this stage and then circle again to build more confidence?"
8. This might not be a one session fix. When you feel your horse has worked hard and put in effort, end on that good note for the day and come back to it tomorrow.

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I have tried it opening the front door and putting his straw at the end of the trailer and my horse wouldn´t go.

I will try with your methods
Straw? I think you have more issues than loading……..
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