Teach Your Horse to Load Using a Roundpen (Trailer Training Horses Book 6)
Trailer training is actually very easy - it's just a matter of knowing what steps to take, how long to do each, and what to emphasize. To that end, I've compiled a simple set of instructions, a guidebook to getting your horse loading smoothly using the proven methods of John Lyons. Refine your control over specific body parts, gaining respect along the way, setting yourself up for success.
Do's, Don'ts and What-To-Do-Ifs, plus notes on tying, horses that won't unload, horses who "thrash" and more. You point, and your horse runs over and hops in! I call them "days" but you should take this work at your own speed. Each chapter gives you a plan, a goal, theory and homework. Anything you can think of, tarps, blowing plastic bags, tires, seesaws, gates, steps logs, I dont just do mindless circles in a round pen. I point and make the horse go where i point. The round pen is a safe familiar environment for them. They are receptive to learning. They get used to my commands, body language and symbols.
By the time I walk them over to a big scarey trailer, they already know that my pointing inside means "go that way". The advantage to this is they learn "Go that way" no matter what obstacle you come across. They learn I am the leader and trust I wont get them hurt. A horse that wont load either doesnt understand what you want him to do, or doesn trust and respect you as a leader. Once you fix those two items in the round pen, you can send that horse over or through anything. This is a great post, I highly recommend it!
It's a great explanation-I'll definitely come back to it. Posted via Mobile Device. I am with Joe. I have never had to teach a horse to load, I just point with the rope and they go in. My gelding I have now, I wrap the rope up out of the way and point and he loads himself. I never had to teach him or any other horse.
Maybe I have been lucky. I had a few refuse at first, but after I give them the stink eye they run in. I have had a couple that wouldnt load. Both were fixed with a day or two of "sending" in the yard or roundpen. You have to teach the "send" in a non threatening environment. A horse that doesnt know go the way I point. Isnt gonna learn it standing at he mouth of a big scarey trailer. His flight instincts are activated. He aint learning he's reacting to danger. You gotta teach the go command. Then hopefully when you get to a trailer he is sane enough to allow his training to overcome his fear.
You know, I could pick this post apart, but I won't. I believe that training your horse isn't getting a degree in nuclear fission, though sometimes it looks like fission. I want to add that putting a big animal in a small claustrophobic space can create an explosion. Use one that leads from a big space to another big space, like the entrance to your stable. You can drive him or bribe him through it, even have a helper catch him on the other side.
Too many people will rush the process I've been there! Joe and OOTL - that's fantastic: I had a mare that would cross anything, go everywhere, spook at nothing, even helicopters landing beside her. I sold the trailer and went back to a stock, after she rode in it once, she was back to her old self.
The straight haul was big enough for her but that mare couldn't handle hauling straight and told me in every possible way she knew how, I finally listened. Just like a saddle that don't fit, you don't train a horse to wear it and accept, you get one that accommodates their body, money aside. Its a trust, communication problem.
Wartesbear horse loaded because it ws trained to do what it was told. It kept doing it even though there was somekinda problem with that trailer. Had a ranger told me he responded to a "horse wont load call " at the park, got there to a lathered up horse and equally lathered up lady.
Lady couldnt understand it, horse wouldnt load. Usually he was fine. After the ranger put her lug nuts back on horse loaded fine. Kinda makes you go hummmmmmmmmmmm. I had something similar happen to me one spring. Turned out to be a big wasps nest in the manger area. They have to accept us as leaders, but sometimes we have to accept they have better sight, smell, hearing, and basic sense of survival than we do.
And sometimes they are just buttheads. Corporal , beau , AnitaAnne and 1 others like this. Originally Posted by Joe4d View Post. Originally Posted by Corporal View Post.
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Review "I can't say I've ever 'started' a horse, but I have 're-started' a couple and I only wish I had this book. Section I of this book, "Round Penning: Section II goes on to offer 9 more lessons that you'll need to teach your young horse at this point in his life. This guide to the proven methods of John Lyons, shows you exactly what to do, in which specific order, and why.
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Please try again later. This book contains much good information. However, it is written for the experienced horse person. Many details are left out. The author states "command your horse to trot". Well, if we are round penning a year old that command could be new to both horse and training.
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