Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
You've gotten really solid points, but i just want to add the extra "intangible" when trailering/loading, and this to be calm, in control and try to do so without nerves. Horses sense our apprehension and fear, and that in turn, causes them to become afraid.
I read it on here and it makes perfect sense: it you have all day, it will take 15 minutes... if you have 15 minutes, it will take all day.
Every time I trailer now, I go into it with the expectation that me and my horse have all the time in the world to get her butt up on that trailer, that inside the trailer is a safe place, and that coming out of the trailer is a slow and steady exercise. If I'm calm, confident and purposeful in my actions getting her in, she-- in turn-- is calm, confident and takes my lead.
The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. ~Sharon Ralls Lemon