Training for Trailer Loading

People often practice trailer loading shortly before they need to go somewhere – a trip to the vet, meeting friends at the trailhead or hauling to a show. Sometimes, it goes great, but sometimes it doesn’t. Your horse may balk, back out quickly, rear, kick, pull back, run into you or kick the walls of your trailer. Difficulties such as these can lead to negative associations for you and your horse in the future. Not every horse will view loading the same way. Some horses have no fear or negativity associated with the trailer. It’s important to understand that although every horse is unique, their thoughts revolve around a self-preservation instinct. The trailer is a dimly-lit, confined space with no room to flee – the antithesis of the herd and pasture. It makes sense, therefore, that their self-preservation instinct may kick in and they will try to communicate their fear…

Subscription Upgrade Required

Upgrade your subscription now for full access or register to continue reading.


Subscribers: enter the email and password connected to your subscription.

First time logging in?
Click here.

Tablet/Mobile users must also refresh after login to activate subscription.

Not a subscriber yet?
Click here to see our print and digital subscription offers that include full access to all articles.

Subscribe now and enjoy full access to

Your All-Access Digital Subscription includes unlimited access to all articles as well as a digital subscription to each issue of Horse Sport, Horse Canada, and Canadian Thoroughbred.

digital subscription

Get full access to including all articles from Horse Sport, Horse Canada, Canadian Thoroughbred, and The Canadian Horse Annual.

print subscription

Read the digital editions of Horse Sport, Horse Canada, Canadian Thoroughbred, and The Canadian Horse Annual.

View Print and Digital Subscription Offers

Love our Articles?

If you enjoyed reading the articles on this website, consider subscribing to get upcoming issues as they are published! Simply click on the button below to see your options.


to top