The biggest and best of all summer riding plans usually start with one small step. And that small step—the one onto the trailer—can be the hardest of all. We’ve all been there at some point in our equestrian lives with the hard-to-load horse. Even worse is when it’s show day, and you’ve got the added pressure of time constraints or a gathered crowd of spectators offering “helpful” advice.
There’s also the disappointment of all the missed opportunities to haul out to
explore new trails with friends, or to attend lessons and clinics. Then there’s the
safety issue. If you live in an area that’s at high risk for wildfires or other natural
disasters, your horse needs to know how to load on a trailer. His life may depend
on it if evacuation is necessary.
To help you make the most of this summer’s riding season, check out “Happy
Trailers” on pg. 18 to refresh or rehab your problem loader. Trainer and Certified
Horsemanship Association instructor Dale Rudin has three tried-and-tested ways
to get your horse on board with the trailering program.
Let us know what trailer-loading technique worked for you and your horse,
and what adventures you have planned this summer.
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BREYERFEST IS JULY 14-16
If you have a fondness for the plastic
ponies, or know a few horse-crazy
kids, Breyer’s annual model horse
festival and horse fair is held at the
Kentucky Horse Park in July each
year. This year’s theme is Gateway
to India, featuring the Marwari
Horse plus plenty of other equine
Nazruddin is the 2017