Having a horse that is difficult to load is a very common and frustrating problem! Jason travel’s out to those having these problems on a weekly basis and over the years have solved a wide range of loading and travelling issues detailed below. Please also look at the loading section on Jason’s online training programme, Your Horsemanship where you will find videos and printable downloads for you to see how he helps horses with this problem: Your Horsemanship
Refusal to load. This is generally caused either by the horse not understanding what is asked of it or because the horse has had a bad experience and does not want to repeat it. They work out how to avoid the situation usually by either by rearing, planting or bolting when asked to go onto a ramp and a habit is then formed.
“Bad Travellers”. Horses are naturally claustrophobic animals and those that that are deemed “bad travellers” tend to panic and start to scramble as they lose their balance and footing. Some react in a different way and plant themselves against the sides or the rear of the trailer. These horses are likely to be highly anxious on arrival at an event and will often lead to a refusal to load.