Your horse might be difficult (or impossible) to load, refusing to move his feet or running out as soon as you want to close the ramp.
Maybe your horse is getting anxious while travelling, so he’s pawing the floor all the time or rearing up whenever he has the chance.
There are also horses that load like a dream and stand very still while travelling, but bolt off the ramp as soon as you remove the bar, hurting themselves and others in the process.
Either way, your horse is getting stressed in or around the trailer
This can of course be very frustrating to deal with.
So how do you deal with that? How do you get your horse relaxed in and around the trailer?
First, you have to find out what’s causing your horse’s behavior.
Why is he so difficult to load? Why is he so anxious while travelling? Why is he bolting out the trailer?
It has often to do with your horse missing certain information
And because he misses the information, he will rely on his natural instinct.
His natural instinct will tell him to either fight or flight, which can lead to very dangerous situations for both you and your horse.
The fact that your horse is probably missing information, might also be causing the anxiety while travelling or the running off as soon as you remove the bar.
Your horse feels confident while loading, but doesn’t know how to manage himself as soon as the trailer starts moving.
Or your horse is relaxed during the loading and travelling, but doesn’t know how to deal with the anxiety of arriving at a destination.
So your horse is getting stressed in or around the trailer because he is missing parts of information that he needs to know.
The information on how to be confident and relaxed about trailer loading, traveling and unloading.
That doesn’t mean you haven’t tried to give your horse this information! But it’s probably not the information that will lead to a relaxed horse.