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How to Train Your Horse To Trailer Load
If you're having trouble loading your horse, I strongly suggest the investment of $4.99 in my trailer-training course.
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An excerpt from Trailer Training: An Easy guide to the Proven Methods of John Lyons:
The Horse Loads – But then Backs Out Like a Rocket
This is a very common issue, don't let it get to you. Fixing this requires a combination of things. First, try pulling the horse out a moment before you think he's going to unload himself. If he shoots out before you can even count "one," then put him in and out like this a few times to make sure he's at least got "get on" down, then get ready: Load him up and, the instant he starts to back, start your tapping. He knows what that means by now so if he keeps moving, he's simply ignoring you. You just need to outlast him by keeping up your tapping till he finally stops and makes a forward movement. At this state it helps to be more assertive in your requests to drive him back forward. Recognize it as a battle of wills and "Don't deal with his guff." Sometimes it take 10, 20 or more repetitions before he realizes we're willing to be more stubborn. The good news is, this usually signals a horse that's about to "give in" and load correctly. Also try: This is the perfect time to employ the ol "Load up for 1 second, off for 59" routine: Load up for a second, then bring him right back off for fifty-nine. Make sure you make him stand there with his nose looking into the trailer. Then, back on for 2, out for 58, etc.
The Horse Throws His Butt Too Far to One Side or the Other
If you're standing near the trailer and the horse swings his hips away, so that he's almost standing facing you, don't worry about it. Keep his nose pointed into the trailer and keep tapping. Remember the obvious: Get the nose in the trailer and the hips will follow. Absolutely do not circle the horse to reposition him. He'll learn very quickly that he can scoot between you and the trailer at the last minute.