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Re: [RC] Trailer loading - Bette Lamore

I had a time concern a couple of times and it was not my horse so no luxury of pre load training. Jeff Wonnell taught me a great trick that works every time and you only have to do it once and it is NOT cruel!
He told me to get a chain dog leash so that it has small links. Then I put it under the top lip and attach the lead line-- no pressure-- only enough to keep it from slipping. I tell the horse to walk and wait a few seconds then take a small step which of course puts a little pressure on the lip chain. I keep the chain in relatively same position to me. If the horse doesn't move, I just stand there--- not increasing pressure. Believe me, the horse eventually figures it out and takes a step forward-- the pressure is gone. I take another step forward after much praise, same game. If the horse backs, he puts the pressure on himself--- no need for me to yell or tap, tap tap, or back him up or anything. Soooo simple and yet it has worked every time-- the horse is smart enough to realize that he controls his own destiny and loads very quickly-- at least that has been my experience. When time is not an issue, I usually try the bring the horse to the trailer and wait, and yes, the light tap tap on the hocks to irritate and encourage, yet sometimes there is no time or it is a friend's horse and I want to get on before midnight. This always does the trick for me and if I have any subsequent hesitancy, all I have to do is bring the chain out in plain sight and that is the end of it.
Hope it works for you
Bette


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If your horse has only loaded 3 times in her life, and you can reliably load her in 15 minutes, you're doing just fine. If you trailer a few more times (preferably someplace fun and not to the vet to have her teeth floated), she'll load faster. Don't put ropes on and try to winch her in - just stand her there in front of the trailer door until she gets in. Don't be in a hurry. Invest the time. It might take 3 hours the first time, but you'll quickly have a horse that loads calmly and quickly for life.


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-- Bette Lamore Whispering Oaks Arabians Home of Bunny and 16.2h TLA Halynov who lives on through his legacy Hal's Riverdance! http://www.arabiansporthorse.com

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