How do you get a stubborn horse into a trailer?

10 Trailer Loading Tips for the Difficult Horse with Jose Alejos

  1. Bigger trailers are better.
  2. Play it cool.
  3. Focus on movement first.
  4. Work slowly and methodically.
  5. Work where the horse is spooky.
  6. Make resistance uncomfortable.
  7. Pay attention to inherent risks.
  8. Training doesn’t stop once horse loads.

Do horses hate trailers?

That’s why, as a general rule, horses don’t like trailers—they make them feel trapped and claustrophobic. Not only do trailers make horses feel trapped and claustrophobic, but they’re also a scary object. Horses hate objects.

How do you load a refusing horse?

Keep the horse working. Go back and forward and back and forward, stopping closer to the trailer every time until the horse walks in with you. Never take the mental pressure off. It only takes one second of rest for the disobedient horse to build up the energy to try evading your cues and reinforcing aids again.

How do you load an anxious horse?

Open the Trailer Up While you’re at it, remember to open the divider as far as possible so that the “chute” your horse has to walk into once he’s past the ramp is as big and inviting as it can be. Once he’s in there, close everything as calmly and quietly as you can.

Should I feed my horse before trailering?

Before you go: Give your horse plenty of hay the night before and decrease his grain meal if he gets one. Encourage him to drink plenty of water. Use water flavoring, like some of the horse teas, Gatorade or anything that gets your horse to drink. Make sure that your trailer has good ventilation.

Do horses like being in a trailer?

Obviously horses as well as other animals conditioned by disagreeable travel experiences, will not want to be loaded into any conveyance. There is much evidence, however, that horses especially fear entering even approaching a dark ”box” or ”cavern” such as a trailer, that is looming in front of them.

Do horses like trailers?

Opinions differ on whether loading with a step or a ramp is easier for horses, but we find it all depends on the horse, and perhaps the trailer. Some horses are anxious about the unsteady feel of stepping on a ramp, while others are convinced that they can’t hop up a step. Sometimes, though, you have to get creative.

Why do horses refuse to move?

It sounds like your horse has learned to stop and resist, rather than move forward and give when you ask. Horses often learn to relieve pressure by resisting, rearing, kicking up and bucking. Your horse must learn that bucking and rearing won’t relieve pressure from his rider.