Establishing confidence in loading at an early age sets a horse up for life.
Travelling your horse is something you will probably need to do at some stage, so knowing how to teach them to load easily, and then safe travelling practices are important for their well being and confidence.
This article by Mel Fleming on Trailer Loading, Travelling and Introversion in the Trailer is an excellent start to understanding how the handler and horse’s mindset will affect the way they load and travel. It also covers:
- Design of Floats
- Inconsiderate Driving
- Tying horses in floats
- Other safety aspects
The following articles will help you teach loading, then how to travel safely. But first make sure you also read the page on Trailers and Floats to ensure yours is safe and set up for success.
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