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post #11 of 44 Old 08-24-2017, 11:53 PM
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@loosie - I don't think I have the skills to teach driving. My only hope would be that this is some memory I can refresh. And she is definitely not calm at the trailer. She's not like a horse that's never been trailered.. she's just nervous. It's been a while for her. I need to help her past that. So, I should probably just learn a basic conventional way to load her unless this 'button' is already installed
And you have said that you are nervous too. If you're nervous & don't have the skills to teach/reinforce the basics, then I honestly, respectfully, believe you're best getting someone else to teach her to load well & calmly, and to teach you. Otherwise there is every good chance she will just get worse, not better.
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So, curious far as those of you who send a horse in, yet then have to get in yourself to tie the horse, close partitions, ect, what is the advantage?
I can see sending a loose horse in.
I tie my horses, so lead them in, but I have no dividers (on purpose), and my trailer is a three horse goose neck angle haul I could send them in, but since I tie them, does not make much sense to me
No side escape door.
The only advantages for me sending a horse, throw the lead rope up around the saddle horn and shut the door if I'm hauling loose.

If I'm day working and the crew is loading up and tying in, I'll send my horse first if I'm tying next to a strange horse or bronco. Less likely to get kicked. Ive seen it happen.

A horse that is a bit of a bronc and wants to kick your head off, loading him by sending and not getting in the trailer then passing the lead rope through the bars to where he's tied is pretty handy.
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So, curious far as those of you who send a horse in, yet then have to get in yourself to tie the horse, close partitions, ect, what is the advantage?
I can see sending a loose horse in.
I tie my horses, so lead them in, but I have no dividers (on purpose), and my trailer is a three horse goose neck angle haul I could send them in, but since I tie them, does not make much sense to me
No side escape door.
I have(well, had) a straight load, so I'd lead one horse in & then the second I'd send in, as there was no (safe) room for me to get out otherwise. Shut the back, then go round the front & tie the second horses. Now, having a stock crate, I just send them all in one at a time & they choose where they want to be themselves.
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we would send them in just barely ahead of us, and as we stepped up, after the horse, we would unlatch the divider and move it over as horse moved into forward position. click divider into place, THEN tie horse (you can either reach across and snag it sometimes if there is a tie line attached with turtle clips, or, get out of trailer, go around to outside window, reach in and get lead line to tie to outside.

Now, unloading, I have a question. In a simple two horse slant, what we always did was unload the second horse (closest to exit) which was EASY. he just turned sideways and stepped off. now I would go in, reach across divider and unclip horse from tie, go back , unlatch divider from the wall, and with divider still between horse and me, ease horse into backing up, having gotten a hold of his lead rope (left draped over his back). Do you think this is the best way, or should I have swung the divider open, so that I am on the same side of it as the hrose, before he backs out. It seemed, with a horse that is anxious to back off, that I am better off with the divider between him and myself, but I am not experienced with trailer loading, so thought I'd piggy back my question on with the OP's, if she doesn't mind.
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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
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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

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The only advantages for me sending a horse, throw the lead rope up around the saddle horn and shut the door if I'm hauling loose.

If I'm day working and the crew is loading up and tying in, I'll send my horse first if I'm tying next to a strange horse or bronco. Less likely to get kicked. Ive seen it happen.

A horse that is a bit of a bronc and wants to kick your head off, loading him by sending and not getting in the trailer then passing the lead rope through the bars to where he's tied is pretty handy.
Yes, I get the loose part, far as sending into a stock type trailer, or if hauling with strange horses you are not sure of, far as manners.
Since I only haul either my own horses, or with people I like to ride with, because their horses do not kick or perform other un wanted behaviors, I feel fine leading them in
That would not be the case, with horses I was not sure of !
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I have(well, had) a straight load, so I'd lead one horse in & then the second I'd send in, as there was no (safe) room for me to get out otherwise. Shut the back, then go round the front & tie the second horses. Now, having a stock crate, I just send them all in one at a time & they choose where they want to be themselves.
You haul loose ?
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To trail ride anywhere, I have to haul.
To have ground to ride on, in winter, I have to haul
I haul to shows(way less now) to the vet (cheaper, plus facilities are there)to clinics-in other words, once I am using a horse, they get hauled plenty!
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You haul loose ?
Yeah, I'm Loosie!! Sorry... couldn't help myself I actually let the pony go loose on the trail too, which freaks out some people who come across us... actually had a ranger tell me off once because 'he might jump up on someone' - sus she wasn't a horse person!

I don't/didn't haul loose in the straight load, but do/have in the stock crate. Have had them all loose, but I actually tie up one of them now, because he gives the pony curry if I don't(they get along well, just likes to play Games & I don't like that happening inside a trailer!). Put him in, tie him up the front, then 'send' the other 2 in & they arrange themselves... In a line next to their buddy - I'm so glad I got such a roomy trailer, for them to want to squish up together! My big horse puts himself next to Mr Instigator, facing forward of his own accord, then the pony backs up to the front on the far side of Mr I. Will see if I can find a pic...
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Great insight everybody. Wow, I think after reading this it's only reasonable to be cautious!

@loosie , as you said if I'm nervous and don't know how to do something I should get help. I agree. My instinct on this, though, is that I just need to figure out the method and it will get much easier. If it seems to be worse not better after today, I'll get a trainer to help me (I have 2 that I know I can call on and whom I've taken lessons from... When I first got her I even hired one of them to teach me how to do simple things like bathe a horse, LOL). This is not new to my friend, but she has her own horses to work with and I don't expect her to be a trainer - my goal all along has been to be as self sufficient as possible while learning. That started with getting a good horse (which I did). So - I try to approach new things with a plan, and ask questions as needed. She understands part of the fun is figuring things out myself. But I definitely don't want to do anything unreasonably stupid. hopefully.

@DreamCatcher - Holy Cow! after you mentioned your 'accident' in July, I went back through your posts and read about it. Yikes! what a story. somehow I'd missed that. Are you OK now???? Dakota ties really well, so I don't expect that kind of problem. But wow.

@tinyliny - I wish the back slot on this trailer was the 'easy' one to unload... but the way it is configured, there is a wall at her head area that is solid, and the gate/bar between the horses actually is solid at the head area as well. which makes it impossible to stand on the other side and reach the head.

She backs out in a controlled way, even when nervous, for which I'm grateful. I guess I figure that since she knows how to back out like a lady, she also was taught how to load like one. So... I'll evaluate everything when I get out there this morning. But it sounds like the ideal for my setup would be if I can get her relaxed around the trailer (might not be a big deal... I think I'll start by tying her to a ring on it and grooming there). Then if I can figure out how to 'send' her in (I like Dreamcatcher's suggestion on that). Then latch the bar. and go around and try to hook her head through the window. I would love never to have to be in the trailer with a horse. Sounds like a plan. We'll see how it goes and if it's practical in reality.

I'm a mid-lifer finally making time for horses... Having a blast, but there's soooo much to learn -

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