Nine steps to solving common trailering issues Many loading problems don’t stem from actually putting the horse on the trailer; instead, it is usually the stress or discomfort the horse endures once loaded, while in motion, or during unloading that causes the issues. Horses are linear thinkers, which means their thought processes follow step-by-step progressions. If they are having a problem while in the trailer or coming out of it, they may become reluctant to load on subsequent occasions. The first step in creating a long-term solution is understanding which part of the trailering process is causing the most anxiety for your horse. This nine-step checklist gives you the tools to identify, understand, and resolve trailering challenges. Once your horse starts to associate positive experiences with the trailer, you should see improvement. 1 Is the trailer the right size for your horse? When a horse is squished into a trailer…
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