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Horse Will Not Trailer

A horse trailer is, essentially, a dark, metal box on wheels; therefore, it is not uncommon for horses to refuse to trailer. Whether the horse is new to trailering, has had a bad trailering experience or has trailered without issue for years, at one time or another your horse will be fearful and have issues trailering. As with all issues concerning your horse, maintaining a calm, controlled atmosphere with no unnecessary surprises will allow your horse to become comfortable with the process. The goal is to get your horse to trailer without anxiety.

If your horse has had a bad experience, it is important to approach trailering as a new thing. Start from the beginning and re-introduce the trailer to your horse as if he has never been trailered before. If you know what caused the bad experience, try to ensure that this experience will not be repeated. Make sure your mats are laid and that there is proper traction. Try to make the trailer a pleasant place. If it is dark, try to find ways to lighten it up. Confirm that there are no sharp edges or loose pieces. Noises can easily frighten horses. Check for anything loose that may cause noises. The last factor that may need addressing is your driving. A horse in a moving trailer is unsteady at best. Your driving style may aggravate the unsteady feeling. Be conscious of you stopping, starting and lane changes. Remember, that even a securely tied horse will feel wobbly.