How to Train a Horse to Trailer

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Give the horse a bucket of treats each day.,
Gradually move the bucket into the trailer.,
Lead the horse further back.,
Let the horse leave on its own.,
Practice tying the horse up.,
Use extra special treats before traveling.,
Load the horse to the trailer.

Drop a few oats into a bucket and leave it at the horse’s bedtime stall each morning. Repeat this for several weeks, to get the horse comfortable and excited when he sees the bucket.;
, After several weeks, place the now familiar treat bucket inside the trailer. Leave it about 2 feet (0.6 meters) from the entrance, on the floor. Let the horse approach the bucket on his own.

, Wait until the horse can walk up to the trailer calmly, and repeats this for several days with no signs of fear. Move the bucket into the trailer feed bin where it can be easily seen. Lead the horse up to the back of the trailer.

, During training each day, let the horse leave the trailer when he wants. Stand nearby and talk in a soothing voice. Some horses may take an hour or longer to leave. This takes patience, but will make the horse much more comfortable and cooperative.

, Practice passing the (shortened) lead rope through the open window at the front of the trailer and tying the horse. The rope should be slack, so the horse can turn its head and eat from the feed bag.

, At this point, the horse should practically load itself. When it comes time to travel in the trailer, add some special treats on top of the hay bag, such as slices of apples and carrots.

You can also try this whenever the horse is reluctant to enter during training.

, When it comes time to travel, you’ll want to go through extra preparation to make sure the horse is comfortable. If your horse gets skittish about any of this, let the horse adjust on its own.

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