Trailer to small for this horse!
Yep, trailer loading again. I talked yesterday about a program for trailer loading so I thought I would tell you what I do that has worked for me.
It helps if your horse has some skills, like knowing how to lunge and yield his hind quarters when you ask him to. You can still teach him to get in the trailer without these skills but they will sure help you both out down the road if your horse understands them.
I have never seen this program not work. I’ve seen it take longer on some horses then others but I have never seen it not work. Horses don’t like trailers very much because they are a little afraid of small spaces. So, when I start to teach this skill to a horse that has problems or a horse that has never been in a trailer, I always start with a stock trailer. I like a stock trailer cause it’s easy for a horse to turn around and, mine at least is, open so he can see outside of the trailer. I have had to teach horses, at times, to get it to the very small 2 horse straight pull trailer from the 60’s and it can be very difficult for the horse to understand that the trailer is a good place, if it’s not.
We did a trailer loading demo awhile back and a fella wanted me to use his trailer. He had a very small 2 horse straight pull and he could get his horses in it but it took a lot of time and you had to physically push one of the horses to get him in. We brought his trailer in and put it next to mine. I showed him that I could get my horse in his trailer but my horse did not like it or want to, but he did. When I started working with his horses, they too did not want to get in that little trailer. If they got to close to my trailer they would jump in it with out any problem. The moral of the story? Get a bigger trailer. People make their lives way to hard when the try to use a piece of equipment that was really designed for smaller horses. I suggested that he get a bigger trailer. That his horses would appreciate it. Not sure if he did nor not, but he should have.
I will get to the trailer loading program, I promise, but first coffee.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.