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I currently have my 4 year old gelding in trailer training. We have him in a paddock alone with the truck and trailer to get him used to it and his food is on it. He will go on it in the morning when we put grain on it but when i try to walk him on it he wont go. Any other suggestion on what i should to get my little guy on.? Hes not scared of it or anything, he just plainly refuses to get on. Please help. I would really like to show him this summer.
he goes all the way in the trailer to eat. Its a 2 horse slant trailer. He has been on it and was taken to a show but at the end of the day didnt want to come home, so we had to go back and get him the next day. He was reaching, but we put the grain at the front of the trailer so he needs to go all the way in the trailer before he can eat it.
A friend of mine recently was taught this neat little trick...it wasnt an instant miracle but in the past month (we truck almost every weekend somewhere) her horse has gone from 45 minutes to load down to 3 minutes to load. (he has never had a problem with my trailer but it is a step up stock trailer, her trailer is a 2 horse ramp load) We used it on our 8yo gelding who has not been taught to load (he was a 7yo untouched stallion last year when he came to us).
You annoy them on....take a lunge whip and tap, not hard enough to hurt but just annoy them...they take a step towards trailer you stop a second to give them the relief from pressure, then start again. Dont give up when they dont move just keep on tapping they will eventually give in. It took about a half hour to get our gelding on the first time useing this method, then proceeded to do it 4 more times with the last time he looked at our friend holding the lunge whip but back far enough to be out of range and hopped on. Of course we will need to load him 1,000 more times before it will be 2nd nature to him but it works. Once he loads on our stock trailer easily we will start working with her 2 horse ramp load so we dont get stuck in an emergency with a small trailer being our only option.
Thanks Deborah, We did try that with him at the show because he didnt want to come home. But after almost 2 hours and it was getting dark we put him in a paddock and got him the next day. He can be stubborn, the owner of the barn told me she has seen him in the trailer and one of the other girls got a picture of him in there. I am hoping that by friday I will be able to walk him in and then feed him then back him out. So that he does get used to me walking him into the trailer. But thanks for the great advice. :)
There is nothing wrong with getting him to go in with grain. I would suggest getting him on the lead, dumping the feed, and then seeing if you can lead him in that way. If he still won't let you, just let keep going in and eating by himself. On the days you want to trailer him, put his feed in, hopefully he will hop in, and just close the door behind him. My horse has on and off loading problems, so even when he jumps right in I still give him feed, even if it is just a couple of bites. I want him to know that if he gets in that he will get something he wants, and not associate it with work he doesn't want to do. It varies by horse, so just try different things and figure out what works for you!
okay, here's our method, it's gentle and to the point.
Get 2 long lines, lunge lines. One hook to the right rear of the trailer, if it's a staight load attach it to the middle. Take the other line and feed it in with the clip first from the outside of the left side window of the trailer down towards the middle back while holding on to the other end at the back of the trailer. As you are standing at the back ramp or back step, you should have the end of the left line in your left hand and clip and the right line in your right hand. Now bring up the horse, and i use a stud chain with my halter but you don't have to. Attach that clip that's facing you to the horse's halter and then step back so the horse is between the two lines facing towards the trailer. Then you use the right line as guide/boundary that you will drive the right side of his body with. The left line guides the left side of his body and as you draw the left line back towards you, it pulls the horse into the trailer. You can also bring both lines together behind the horse to drive him in and if he backs into your left line, he pulls himself in like a push-me-pull-you. You can also add a crop and tap his back end in... again it's more of an annoyance than a smack.
This method It works great on most all horses and holds the horse in place while you secure him.
Thank you everyone for the great advice, but Chilly is now loading on the trailer when i ask him too, although he is still being fed on the trailer but I have his food tied up and I walk him in and today he was put into the slant and was tied up. He is doing much better. :)