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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:
A horse that began this exercise with a healthy fear of the trailer will be running lopsided circles, collapsing his circle on the side nearest the trailer, keeping one eye on you, one on the trailer. Take a moment and look at the dynamics at play here: He's afraid of the trailer – and more afraid of it than you. Push him hard enough at first and he's liable to cut in sharply toward you (rather than running at the trailer). That's obviously dangerous – so be careful not to get your horse so hopped up that he's forced him to choose between entering the trailer and running you over.
Ask your horse to do outside turns at the point in his circle that is as close to the trailer as he'll get. For him to stop going one direction and go the other takes a great deal of energy so "back and forth" is a terrific motivator. Should you get to a point where your horse just doesn't seem to be progressing, use one turn followed quickly by another (out to the left, then out to the right, repeat) to motivate the horse to find a suitable answer. (Quite often both horse and owner start just "going through the motions" and positive changes start coming less frequently. You may need to wake both of yourselves up.) "Dial the horse down to a stop" at that spot nearest the trailer by asking it to do outside turns, back and forth and in rapid succession. Stop him in that way and allow him to rest a moment.