Dave Hickman April 8/2020
An emergency is NOT the time to be learning how to load your horse!
You are stressed, your horse is stressed and many horse owners do not even have a trailer and are using haulers or friends to move their horses. In an emergency time is of the essence so haulers are usually trying to move as many horses for people as fast as they can and understandably cannot afford the time to “ASK” your horse to get in the trailer or to discuss his/her personality, quirks or temperament.
So imagine what that has done to the psyche of your horse. To begin with they are claustrophobic animals. They do not like tight enclosures and unknown noises. Add to this the pressure of getting into an unknown space with other strange horses. They sense you are tense and you are supposed to be the “Better Horse.” (Remember Horse Games by Horse Rules).
You have created a platform where even if your horse gets loaded he/she may develop unknown problems down the road such as ulcers, cribbing, nervous behavior, and fear at the sight of trailers. Trailer loading in the future could be a major problem. I think you get the picture and this is a training tutorial on Trailer Loading The Safer Way, not a critique on why you should have taught your horse to load BEFORE you NEEDED to.
So let’s begin.
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