Thursday, June 3, 2010

Link on Trailer Loading (But Really on More)

Please take a moment to visit HorseCentric for this wonderful post by Breathe on working with her horse on a trailer loading issue that had developed. It's not instructions on how to load your horse in the trailer, but about how to build a good relationship with your horse while working on an issue, in the context of trailer-loading. Trailer-loading is one of those areas which are problematic for many horses and handlers, and an area where many people get in a hurry and sometimes get angry or use force. To my mind, a calm horse and calm handler are essential in trailer loading, as either horse or handler can get hurt, even seriously hurt, if things go badly. Every horse needs to learn how to load easily and well. Her post is a great example of how to think through what you're doing and take the time it needs to get things, not just done, but done in a way that will stick and build a positive relationship between horse and handler. She listened to what her horse was saying and worked through it with him. Good stuff!

10 comments:

  1. Jimmy hates the trailer more than vampires hate garlic. Even when we're on our walks, we walk past the trailers parked at the farm...and he will randomly stop and snort and "puff up" when he realizes "THAT IS A TRAILER". Lol. NERD.

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  2. Pretty damn good. Interesting, and we`ve all been there at some point!

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  3. Thank you Kate! That is a great post!

    ~Jeni

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  4. I checked it out earlier today. All good advice on how to listen to your horse and work through issues.

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  5. Thanks for the link over there, Kate. You are right - super post about how to remember to allow, without rushing, the horse to understand what is being asked.

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  6. Sounds like a good one. And your comments are great too. Going to go look now

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  7. Trailer loading is SO important. I've had to take several emergency trips to the vet hospital for colics in the past and horses' easy loading might well have saved their lives.

    For anyone who has not been able to teach a horse to load reliably, I can highly recommend getting help from Kenny Harlow. He does not force the issue and guarantees your horse will load in the future after the training is done--or he will come back and redo the training.

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  8. Thanks, Kate. I swear, this horse is going to make me a better horseman - and probably a better person, too.

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  9. After the non-event of loading mine last week, I thought about how thankful and lucky I am that mine are so good. I take a lot of credit for that because Poco especially was a monster at first. Can't wait to see what Winter has to say.

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  10. Yep Love it! Yoyally get it too!

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