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Re: loading & keeping straight
ALL these problems, including the lounge lines, butt ropes, lining up
with the trailer, don't want to load, can't load, won't load, big
trailers, little trailers, straight loads, slant loads, etc. and
WHATEVER just go away if you use John Lyons' techniques. Why go through
all this? Spend a few bucks and get the book "John Lyons on Horses" and
make life easy on yourself. If you're unsure about this, attend a
seminar. He also has a video on this. All are available on Amazon.com
Jim an Sun of Dimanche
Linda Flemmer wrote:
> I had a horse who would do this when we first started.
> It was a royal PAIN!
> I wanted to keep his head lined up with the opening
> and I wanted to be in back to guide his rump -
> impossible to do by myself, I thought. I learned to
> run a lounge line thru the front of the trailer to the
> horse's head. I would stand next to the horse and
> hold the tail end of the lounge line.
> I would keep only enough tension on the line to keep
> the horse's head straight/his attention on loading
> forward. Any resistance or pulling back meant I had
> too much tension there. I would be by his rear to
> lightly tap him if he swung out of alignment. Him
> being a huge sucker and me only 5' 4" 1/2 I tended to
> use a driving whip as an arm extender. I would use
> the but end of the whip to tap him to straighten him
> out. He wasn't a bad loader, just stubborn about
> getting started like it was all part of the routine.
> This also works with Angie's but rope, too. I'd have
> two lines - one for the head & one to work the butt
> rope. Just NEVER make it a fight.
> You said your horse gets right in when his
> "guidelines" are picked up. Obviously he KNOWS how to
> load when he gets the right cue. You jut need to
> teach him that there is another cue, too.
> That horse I had eventually learned to self load - it
> just took lots of repetition.
> Our newest horse had NEVER been in a slant load in his
> life when we went to pick him up. We had quite a
> crowd come to watch since "he'll never get in one of
> those". He was confused because he couldn't load
> straight in like he was used to. We used the lounge
> line to help direct his head & he loaded in less than
> 10 minutes.
> Linda Flemmer
> Blue Wolf Ranch
> Bruceton Mils, WV
> --- Terry Barrall and Felix Rodriguez
> > What do people suggest for a horse that won't line
> > up straight because he
> > doesn't want to load?
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