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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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- 5 days, 5 chapters
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An excerpt from Trailer Training: An Easy guide to the Proven Methods of John Lyons:
The Horse Won't Get Back Out of the Trailer
Do not get in the trailer. If the horse decides to throw a fit, you're pretty much locked in the maelstrom – like Mad Max in the Thunderdome. And, while you may be tempted to open the back of the rig and walk away, an alternative is this: Stand outside the trailer and apply pressure to the lead, asking the horse to tuck his head a bit toward his chest. (Just "apply pressure," don't "crank" his neck.) Hold your pressure steady until the horse is forced to shuffle some part of his body backwards in order to rest his neck. Repeat until he's backed out of the trailer.
The Horse Freezes Up Some Distance from the Trailer
When you begin, the horse may walk up to within a certain distance of the trailer and refuse to get any closer. Don't force him beyond this, allow him to have a "safe zone," a spot that he know he can return to, should things get to be too much. When you don't force him beyond this spot, he begins to learn that you can be trusted – and of course it keeps things from getting out of hand. Tap the horse forward, asking for small movements and rewarding often. Also try gaining his attention by improving his performance: Use the exercises as described on Day Two to do that.