"I love this trailer"!
One of the hardest things to do, with anything I guess, is to be consistent. Horses, like us, are creatures of habit. If you can get a horse to do something long enough, and it don't have to be a million times, the horse will start to understand that it's not going to kill him or even hurt him.
That's where the average horse owner is at a disadvantage when it comes to training their own horse. If any of you are, like I was, have a family, a real job, I say that cause training horses is not a real job if you ask me, then you know that having time to work with a horse is not always an easy thing to find. That doesn't mean you can't do it, it just means you have to be even more consistent with your horse.
For example, maybe you don't have the time to load your horse in the trailer everyday for a week. Even if you only have time to load him in the trailer a couple times in a week, do it the same way every time. I've had horses that had not been loaded in a trailer for over a year, but when I did ask them, I asked them the same way I did a year ago, and guess what? He got in the trailer just like he did the year before.
What you can't do is change the way you do things every time you do them. Like, trying to lead your horse in the trailer, which is not a very safe way to do it, when you have taught your horse to load on his own. He will be confused and he may not load for you.
No one likes change, even horses. I don't like it when my socks get put in a drawer they have never been in before. Horses don't like someone trying to get them to do a skill in a way they have never done or don't understand. So, be consistent.
Did I say coffee yet?
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.