behind the trailer, through the stall space
your horse will occupy, and back to you.
There are a few cons to this method.
First, the rope or halter could get caught
on something. Always use a breakaway halter. Also, your horse could get
confused by having you standing next to
him and driving him; this could result in
kicking or bolting.
Ask your horse to step forward with a wave of your
hand, or a light touch or tap on his rump with a whip.
The moment he offers any forward movement, even a
slight lean in the right direction, stop all pressure and
reward his efforts.
If at any point your horse wants to back away from the
trailer or come out after he’s stepped in, let him. Allowing
him to exit is reassuring and confidence building. Once he
feels secure, he will step up more readily, move to the front,
and stand quietly inside.
Teaching your horse to load on a trailer confidently at
home will save time and stress when you are ready to head
out on the trails or to a show. A little preparation now will
pay off in the long run!
DALE RUDIN is a CHA-certified riding instructor and clinician with a mindful and balanced
approach to horsemanship and riding. www.un-naturalhorsemanship.com
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Driving is a good
way to teach a
horse to enter a
where you don’t
have space to get
out of his way.
Once your horse
into the trailer,
teach him to wait
you leave to
secure the door
or butt bar (which
should always be
done before tying
a bucket of his
to keep him happily on board.