It's generally recommended to send the horse in when teaching loading, because if you lead a horse in and he spooks or is nervous, he can jump right on top of you and then you're trapped between a scared horse and the wall. More than one quiet horse has jumped onto someone when he hears the trailer banging or his hooves on the floor. Sending the horse in alone is also particularly helpful with straight-load trailers, especially for the second horse-- as you don't have an empty stall to stand in when loading. Send the horse in, close the butt bar, then go around to the head window and tie the horse. Leading a horse into a straight-load is an accident waiting to happen, even with an escape door. It's not nearly as essential if you have an open slant or stock trailer, as it's easy there to lead the horse in, tie, and get out and with a seasoned horse, you're not likely to get run over.
Well,i guess we all do with what we feel comfortable doing.
I am of the school that believes if a horse truly leads, he will load,even for the first time.
We raised horses for more then 30 years, and I never taught a horse to load, per say, yet all loaded. All were first also 100% of standing tied solid, giving to pressure.
First time they loaded, was when they went on their first trial ride, to an arena for winter riding, to their first show,or were sold.
Never practiced loading, even though our hauling truck stays hooked up tot he trailer almost full time
Won't have a straight load two horse, but can see why you would wish to send them.
My trailer has a thick rubber matts, with shavings on top, No banging
Not saying this is the only way,and esp if you have some two horse with dividers, where it makes sense to send a horse
Mine lead,mine tie and so why would I send them, maybe have them try to turn around, when I get in to tie them? I have quick release trailer ties,permently in my trailer and exchange those with the normal lead
Back when I was hauling a stallion with other of my horses that I was showing, I did have a divider
The obstacle is not the obstacle! Lay the right ground work, and trailering/loading falls into place
Of course, not talking of a horse someone else messed up
Yes, mine will either go out forward, or back out,one step at a time
I often catch rides with friends, with my son, and take my turn hauling.We all have stock type goosenecks, and standard to lead horses in and tie them