Train Your Horse to Back-off a Trailer Calmly
It’s important to understand the possible reasons why your horse is rushing off the trailer when being loaded or unloaded. It could be caused by: fear of being trapped/shut in fear of things being behind her nervousness/lack of confidence painful/negative associations with trailer not taught/allowed to solve problems (therefore reacts with fear – fight/flight behaviours) How long it takes to re-train a horse to stand quietly while the trailer door is being closed (loading) or opened (unloading), depends on her prior experiences and how deeply embedded this response is. Being traumatized either by previous training or trailering experience can result in a strongly conditioned fear and an almost reflexive panic related to the trailer. The behaviour is strongly reinforced each time the horse rushes off the trailer, and the panic and the response that led to the escape the first time she rushed backward off the trailer becomes almost hard-wired.…
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