TEACHING YOUR HORSE TO LOAD
When the horse transporter arrives, you'll need to lead the horse into the trailer. It's a good idea to practice loading and unloading with your horse ahead of time. Try leading the horse around the trailer and letting it inspect it at will. Be calm and act normal around the trailer, not forcing anything on the horse. Keep the horse stress-free by avoiding any bribing or punishment methods. When the time comes to load up, your horse should do so willingly, and not need to be forced into the trailer.
Your horse also needs to know some simple commands to make transport go smoothly. The most important to know when learning to trailer are:
- Back up
- Turn around
Lastly, with the trailer packed into an enclosed area, teach the horse to trailer. Calmly walk the horse to the ramp, guide the horse's nose into the entry, and command it to "walk." It may take some patience to learn, but each time the horse backs out, repeat the process, walking the horse back a bit before instructing it again to "walk" into the trailer.
With practice, your horse will become more comfortable with trailer. Your carrier will thank you, and your horse will remain safe during the duration of the transport.