Getting your horse in the trailer is a challenge. The horse should do it with confidence and without fear. Impatience can make loading a horse into a trailer very dangerous. If the horse is afraid of the horse trailer, the horse will not get into the horse trailer, and he can injure you.
There are some effective and non-dangerous techniques to teach the horse to get on the trailer without fear and consent, and like all other lessons with your horse, your success will depend mainly on your patience and the horse’s history.
If the horse has been traumatized by incorrect loading of the trailer, the horse has been abused or forced to get into the trailer, and it may take a long time before it agrees to board voluntarily and without fear. If you start training him for this at an early age in his life, the horse will think it is normal to get in the trailer to go out with him for the ride.
It would be best if you had good communication between you and the horse. The horse needs to know what you want him to do, and you need to make it easier for him.
It’s time to connect the horse lead rope to the horse halter and work with it so that when you point to the right, the horse will move to your right, and when you point to the left, it moves to your left as soon as the horse responds and moves to both directions then you can start working.
Because your horse will have to climb the ramp to the trailer, Sometimes, let him stand quietly and fearlessly there or on the ramp (remember that let him smell with his Nose). You will need to work with him and teach him this way: your first goal will be to make your horse realize that his freedom is in the trailer. Using a horse lead rope attached to the horse halter a four-knot rope, take the lead rope in your left hand, and a horse training whip in the right hand.
Tell the horse to start moving in circles near to the horse trailer area and occasionally give it a rest close to the ramp or close to the horse trailer. (Teach him that freedom and rest will be close or on the horse trailer) after you have practiced with it from anywhere around the trailer. He needs to smell and come with his nose to the horse trailer and show him that it was a safe area and a calm place.
Once you have practiced it enough and the horse is really calm, ask him to step with one foot on the ramp and then stand still with both of his feet, and you don’t want him to jump away from there. If the horse is afraid, continue the first exercise and tell him to work (moving in circles around you and spend the horse his energy in the trailer area. Continued to do this until you were sure the horse was accepting and realizing that in the trailer is freedom and rest.
Now the horse is more ready and calmly accepts the trailer and is ready for the next stage,
standing on the ramp with four legs. Of course, whenever the horse does not stand still and is scared, then you should go back to the first stage and work with the horse quietly and patiently.
Now is the time to go inside.
This step is the horse needs to stand with its face towards and inside the trailer, and you need to move its left when he climbs on the ramp and enters. Do not try to stand in front of him and try to lead him inside because it also blocks his way inside, and it is also dangerous. A lot of people were getting hurt by the horse jumping on them.
The idea is to get him into the trailer of his own free will.
Stand on the trailer’s side and allow him to go inside by the horse lead rope. Slowly the horse will do it better because you do not stress him and let him work in this way of “spend his energy” (by moving in circles) when he is not going inside and relaxation when he is a “good horse” and climbing inside.
An important point is not to forget that just as the horse has learned to get inside the horse trailer, you will also need to teach him to get off it safely.
Remember that it’s all a matter of patience and practice, like the steps outlined here. Whenever you are more patient than your horse will be “good horse”, and you will succeed. If you do not work patiently, then the rest of your days with your horse will be difficult and full of quarrels.
Suppose you must tap the horse with the whip to make him move forward, Do not tap on the horse inside the trailer. It is dangerous for both of you. Once he listens to you, you must praise him for it and let him rest. He will understand he did the right thing.