We teach a horse to load a horse
Loading a horse into a horse carrier should not be reduced to a struggle, during which the horse reaches a state of panic, and you press on it until it stops responding to pressure at all.
Before you think about accustoming a horse to the procedure of loading into a horse carrier, you will need to show her that walking next to you is safe, easy and enjoyable. The task of the horse is to keep his head next to you.
When the horse understands that it’s nice to be near you, you will need to teach her to move forward by applying pressure to her bottom (gently apply a whip on him). Each horse must be able to move forward, moving away from pressure. When the horse takes a step forward, praise it, scratch its head to show that it is always pleasant and easy to be with you.
Then find a light obstacle (pole on the ground, gutter, groove) and teach the horse to step over it. Always start with the lightest obstacle and then increase the difficulty (rubber mat, puddle).
To start teaching your horse to load on a trailer, Next, find some easy obstacles and teach the horse to step over them.
Spend a few days building confidence and honing your ability to move forward. Train until you are sure that the horse is moving forward and backing away when it is worried. If she tries to upset, touch her croup with a long whip. This will make backward movement unpleasant. As soon as the horse goes forward, stop pushing it with the whip on its croup and scratch her head.
Spend a few days walking your horse over various objects and make sure he steps forward and doesn’t move backwards when he’s worried.
After several lessons, when the horse learns to move forward through a few simple obstacles, bring it to the horse carrier. Use a long whip, tap it on the croup to ask to enter the loading platform. As soon as the horse takes at least one step on the platform, go up and scratch her head, then lower the horse down.
Take a walk with the horse next to the horse carriage so that she calms down and relaxes, and then ask her to return to the platform. If the horse responds well and is not worried, ask her to take another step forward, then scratch her head and go down again. If the horse is worried, do not ask her for this extra step – just scratch your head and go down from the platform.
After a few lessons, when the horse has learned to step forward over a few simple obstacles, take him to the trailer. Walk him around away from the trailer to let him relax, then ask him to step onto the loading ramp.
In the next approach, ask for one additional step up the platform, then scratch the horse’s head and go down again. Between sets, always let the horse rest by strolling alongside the horse carrier and letting it relax.
Between each approach, always give the horse a break by walking him around and letting him relax. It doesn’t matter if you have to take the horse on and off ten times before he walks all the way into the trailer.
Ask for only one or two additional steps during each approach and always lower the horse from the platform before it starts to worry. The horse will understand that there is nothing to worry about, and with each next approach it will rise to the point you reached the previous.
It doesn’t matter if you have to take the horse on and off ten times before he walks all the way into the trailer. And it doesn’t matter if it takes three or four lessons to achieve this.
It does not matter how many descents and ascents you have to do before the horse, without stopping, enters the horse carrier. The number of your “lessons” does not matter. The main thing is that the horse remains confident and relaxed!
Loading a horse into a horse carrier is an important step in its training.
Let each lesson last no more than 15 minutes. Remember that you should not push the horse or pull it until it panics and then covers itself.
When the horse enters the platform almost halfway, you may be tempted to ask her for more. But the best thing you can do is scratch her head and let her relax, and then lower her down again. If you continue to insist, the horse may panic and run off the platform, and you will be thrown back a few steps. Do you need to work to restore confidence when you can just not undermine it?
Loading a horse into a trailer is just another step in his education. Keep each lesson to fifteen minutes or less.
Remember that the problem with loading a horse is due to the fact that the horse is afraid of him. You need to give the horse confidence and prove to her that the horse carrier is not at all terrible.
This method, when used consistently, will help to solve the loading problem even for horses that in the past had extremely negative loading experience.
Neil Davis (source); translation by Valeria Smirnova.
Angellove20 January 28, 20…