Well, we have our horse looking at the trailer. Now we want to ask him to get in by pointing and clucking to him. Each time he makes a move to the trailer we want to take the pressure off. When he stops his progress to the trailer we will ask again, and keep up the pressure till he makes another move to the trailer or he gets in.
When he gets in, and he will, most people want to shut the doors to the trailer. DON’T DO THAT! He has to know that he can get out if he wants. If he only stays for a little bit in the trailer and comes out, go back to work lunging in circles behind the trailer and then ask him if he would rather do that, or get in the trailer. Each time he gets in you need to let him rest there. Let him know that the trailer is a really, really good place to be. Each time he gets in the trailer he will stay longer and longer. When you have to ask him to get out of the trailer will you know that he is ok with being in there and now sees the value of the box stall on wheels.
Once I have my horse going in the trailer, and coming out with ease I will start to feed him in the trailer in the morning and in the evening. Just a little so he sees there is real value in that trailer. I don’t use food to get him in the trailer but will reward him AFTER he is loading well. I will do this for 5 days in a row.
If you give this trailer loading program a try you will be amazed at how well it works and how well your horse will load in your trailer and in another trailer if you go riding with friends. If you ever have problems, just ask your horse if he would rather work outside the trailer or rest inside. It won’t take him long after a week in the trailer loading program to figure out the answer.
There ya go. My trailer loading program. Of course it’s much easier for me to show you then tell ya, so if you ever get the chance to come to a demo, do.
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