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Stubborn mare
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fred    Posted 09-08-2003 at 03:48:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
any tips on how to train a horse to load into a horse trailer

Whispering Pines    Posted 09-08-2003 at 16:33:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
The posts about feeding in the trailer are right on the money. What I've done is parked the trailer in the correl and blocked it up good and solid, tied the door open and began by feeding near the door and gradually moving it farther in until the horse needs to go in to get the feed. Sometimes you need to move some dirt up near the door so as to make a ramp. Sometimes they are afraid to step up and in. Now this method is going to a take a while. There is a quicker method that works just as well. Take a well broke older horse that loads well. Tie the lead rope of the one that won't load to the tail of the one that will. Now lead the broke one in and out several times making sure that the other one gets loaded too. Following the one loading and being dragged behind it won't take long and she'll learn that loading isn't a bad thing.

cowgirlj    Posted 09-08-2003 at 07:27:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Here is a thread from a horse site. A young girl was having big problems with her horse, one being his lack of desire to trailer load. She took him to a Monty Roberts demo and he learned to trailer that day. She posted lots of pictures of the training session. You might get some tips here.

I have always found that desensitizing a horse to the trailer is the best way to get them loading. It takes a little time and patience. Depending on your mare's training background and trailering experiences. But basically getting them used to it in a non threatening way will help you. It also helps to have proper ground manners/training on your horse.

Corey    Posted 09-08-2003 at 05:59:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you have the time, tie her on about a ten or twelve foot lead to the back of the trailer (open) put her water and feed just inside the back of the trailer, not so she has to get in to get it, but just stick her head in. do this for a few days then you and one other person lock one arm with one of you on each side behind the horse and walk her forward right up in the trailer.

Put the...    Posted 09-08-2003 at 04:57:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
trailer in the pasture with the horse....leave open....put bucket of sweet grain in the trailer for horse to this daily until horse is comfortable with going into the practice leading her in every day....make sure you don't have any wasps nest in that trailer also. :^)

Jailkeeper    Posted 09-08-2003 at 06:18:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
You have to leave the trailer hooked to a pickup or have the back blocked up so the trailer doesn't tilt when the horse gets in. Nothing worse than a runaway trailer with a horse in it. But, I'm sure you already knew that!! ;-)

Les    Posted 09-08-2003 at 04:47:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Watch that Australian guy on RFD-TV. He knows how to make a horse want to go onto a trailer.

Ron,Ar    Posted 09-08-2003 at 10:46:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
that reminds me of a joke: Why do married men die earlier than single men?

answer-they want to!!!

deadcarp    Posted 09-08-2003 at 09:39:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
is that the fella who talks to them? i saw a tv thing where they got a mustang in a chute and then basically submerged him in some kinda grain, oats or something, right up to his neck. they then came up, calmed him down the rest of the way and started working with him with bridles and things and did everything in one day.

one thing i remember - when you turn your back on a critter, look at him over your shoulder and start walking away, that means "follow me" in critter talk. it even worked with my 2-yr-old grandson so there must be something to it. try it :)

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