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Transporting Your New Horse

Transporting your new horse can be stressful, both for you and your horse. If you are unaccustomed to getting a horse into a trailer, the stress can be intensified by your own lack of experience. If you are already experienced with loading and unloading horses, it is still important to remember that this is horse is different from any other horse you have dealt with, and you must both learn to work with one another.

If you are transporting your new horse home to his new stable and the horse won’t load, try to identify the reason. If you have purchased the horse from a dealer, ask her about the horse’s background and find out if she has any advice for dealing with this particular horse. If you have bought the horse at an auction, you may only have a limited amount of information and will need to try to identify the problem on your own. Perhaps the horse had a traumatic experience (or more than one) involving transport in the past. Perhaps he has a fear of enclosed places. Or perhaps he simply doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about and really isn’t interested in getting in. You need to be sure you are making trailer loading a pleasant experience for the horse, so it will be behavior he will want to repeat. Be patient but firm with your horse.