Taking a horse somewhere in a trailer can be a peaceful experience all around with practice and diligence regarding unacceptable behaviors by the horse. Horses that get away with poor habits can be a real danger though and in this video I talk about one of them: Leaving the trailer before you are ready.
Horses can easily take over due to their size and strength. If they want to go somewhere, there is likely little you can practically do about it. That is a big safety concern as both people and horses get hurt often when this happens. When it comes to leaving a trailer, it’s imperative that a horse is trained to leave only once the handler has left and then asks the horse to come with them. Outside of that, they should just stand there and be patient. It shouldn’t be any different than if they are waiting to go through a gate, into or out of a stall, arena or paddock. Far too many horses get away with their poor behaviors of leaving or going without their handler asking them first.
The issue with this when it comes to trailers as it becomes exponentially more dangerous due to the small space you and the horse are in. These needs practice and education for the horse so they no longer feel they need to flee the trailer as soon as you open the doors or divider. Being patient will carry over to many other exercises the horse will be involved in and will pay many dividends over time. So in this video I talk about why it’s important, how I deal with it in this instance and how we come out of the trailer successfully in the end.
Here’s the link to the second part of walking to the water through the park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MSifR_4BAw
Here is the link to the third part where we’re in the water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGf2xHnSmaU