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!