You’ve got horses that will close their eyes and just run in. And when they open their eyes again, they don’t know how they got in, resulting in a physical state of tension.
It’s important to realize that the state in which you enter something is quite often the state you stay in while you’re in that situation.
So it’s really important that the loading process is covering all the steps needed so the horse is comfortable once he is in the trailer. The horse has to have control over his own steps and shouldn’t feel like he is being made to go in. In that way, it becomes the horse’s idea to take the steps.
You want your horse to be in a good state of mind when going in the trailer.
When you feel like he’s rushing when he goes in, he’s not facing the trailer with the right mindset. When you ask for one step, he gives you five or just runs in the trailer. It means your horse is not in the right state.
You want to go at a speed where they can process everything and where you can change the direction; that you can take one step in, stop and take two steps out.
Like with the mare in the clip below, the walking onto the ramp isn’t the issue, but it’s how she’s doing it that’s creating the tension: