Teaching the method!
I have talked about trailer loading in the past. It is one thing that lots of people have trouble with. Even if they can get their horse to load in the trailer it is always something that weighs on their minds whenever they go to get their horse. “Will my horse load today”? The people who, seem, to have the most problem are people who think their horse is trailer broke.
What do I mean by trailer broke? You are all back to those really good questions again. Just because a horse will get in a trailer does not make the horse broke to the trailer, in my opinion.
Lots of people get their horses in trailers by putting food in the front of the trailer and then letting the horse get in the trailer, whenever they are ready. I don’t have a problem with getting a horse use to the trailer by feeding him in it, but this does not make a horse trailer broke. So what does then?
I want my horses to learn to get in the trailer because I ask them to get in. Now for some horses that is harder then it is of other horses. So the method I use teaches the horse that the trailer is a really good place to rest. Horses want 2 things in life Food and Comfort. The horse will forgo food in order to be comfortable. Once the horse learns that the trailer is a great place to rest he will start to hunt the trailer. He will look for a chance to get in the trailer cause he has learn what a great place it is.
This will carry over to any trailer you ever ask him to get in, in the future. He may come to the back of a new trailer and smell it a little before he gets in, but by using my method he will remember how safe and comfortable he feels in a trailer and will load.
One of my students missed the morning part of the Saturday clinic last weekend, because she could not get her horse in the trailer. She thought her horse was trailer broke cause she had never had a problem, till it was time to go.
Most folks don’t have a trailer loading program and so, just hope that their horse will load when they want to go somewhere.
Horses have to learn it all. You, as the owner/trainer, have to teach it to them. If you think your horse has it figured out on his own, one day he will embarrass you in front of your friends, or will have you standing on the side of the road wondering, “What do I do now”?
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