Very flighty horse, won't load

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Re: Very flighty horse, won't load

Post by BobbyLummus1 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:40 pm

I use to deal in horses , and never had the same one around too long . didn't always have much time either . I would take a long lead rope and lead the horse up to the point where it stopped or balked , take the rope through the trailer and tie it off at the back off the trailer with out ever getting in the trailer( dangerous) . then take a rachet strap around the horses rear end and crank him in little at a time, and tighten the lead rope as you progress , some like the pressure like a cow . never have to get in the trailer this way ( safe ) . of course you can take your time desensitizing the trailer first if you like



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Re: Very flighty horse, won't load

Post by Farm Fence Solutions » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:46 pm

A medium sized loop with a lariat rope around his rump, and GENTLY apply forward pressure when he balks or tries to run backwards. A fair percentage of tie down horses get a little unsure about what the fella standing in front of them is after, and this is a bit of an easy fix. I've loaded a bunch of them in 10 seconds that folks had been working on for days. It should be noted that I had nothing to do with thinking this up on my own. It was shown to me by one of the greats.
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Re: Very flighty horse, won't load

Post by cow pollinater » Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:12 pm

Farm Fence Solutions wrote:A medium sized loop with a lariat rope around his rump, and GENTLY apply forward pressure when he balks or tries to run backwards. A fair percentage of tie down horses get a little unsure about what the fella standing in front of them is after, and this is a bit of an easy fix. I've loaded a bunch of them in 10 seconds that folks had been working on for days. It should be noted that I had nothing to do with thinking this up on my own. It was shown to me by one of the greats.

That's always the first thing I try as well. I had one really good mare that would not load first thing in the morning without a rope draped over her. After a while I didn't have to use it but it had to be there. :lol:
Before I tried to do anything with him I'd wear him down a little as others have said. Saddle him up and make him stand there tied at the trailer for a couple of hours so he gets it in his head he's going to work. On days when you get him loaded, take him somewhere and give him a good workout, load him for the trip back home and then load him and unload him a few times while he's still a little tired. You can put more pressure on when they're worn out than you can at the beginning of the day.

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Re: Very flighty horse, won't load

Post by brushcountryman » Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:14 am

my way might not be good for a public forum either but I "heard " that tying them to back of trailer with gate open and drive down gravel road slowly they will get tired of following the trailer and realize it is easier to ride in the trailer it only takes once or twice they figure it out quikly

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Re: Very flighty horse, won't load

Post by Nesikep » Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:03 am

Here's a great video on loading horses
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yfvocbWteQ
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Re: Very flighty horse, won't load

Post by midTN_Brangusman » Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:08 am

M-5 wrote:My way of fixing it is not Something I can share on a public forum. But I can tell you from experience that after a lesson if the door opens he will load and look back at you to shut the gate.


x2, MAKE HIM HUNT A HOLE!

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Re: Very flighty horse, won't load

Post by Nesikep » Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:14 am

Not saying this is the case here, but I think there are some people who just don't speak horse, (or cow, or whatever), and just get body language, etc all wrong every time.. my dad is one such person.. I do best getting everything involving cows done before he shows up to 'help', last year I sorted off 22 calves from their mommas in about 10 minutes.
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Re: Very flighty horse, won't load

Post by Craig Miller » Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:26 pm

That's how it is with us nes. I can sort em off easier than him. He gets riled up pretty quick

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Re: Very flighty horse, won't load

Post by 504RP » Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:02 pm

When i first started working with horse's i had the same problem you are having. Had all kinds of advice giving to me. From feed them in the trailer which i have tried and in my opinion is a waste of time to alot of other methods that were a waste of time. Until this old cowboy who is now a very good friend of mine taught me how to teach a horse to load. My wife was and still is a barrel racer. She had 16 horses when i started dating her. She had this one big gelding that she had spent i don't know how much time trying to teach it to load by feeding it up into the trailer that would most of the time hours to load that way during the few times that it would load that way. And anytime i would intervine and try a different way she would stop me saying she didn't want me hurting her horse.

So i discussed the problem with the old cowboy. He told me the next time she got the horse loaded to leave her at home and for me to bring the horse to him and he would teach the horse how to load in a trailer. Which he did and i have taught alot of horse's and a few mules how to load this way.

I would say that this will work on most any horse that you can put a halter on and lead around with a lead rope. Wether it has been broke to ride or not.

This is how you do it. You need two people who knows a little bit about horses to start with. I would recommend you try to find a couple of felleas like that to do this for you. If you happen to know a stock contractor that say furnishes bucking horse's or other live stock like roping steer's etc... he will have guys that know how to handle horse's without getting kicked or run over by a horse trying to run backwards .

Here is what has to be done. One cowboy will lead the horse as close into the trailer as it will go before the horse balks and won't go any further. At this point what you do next is determined by the type of problem you have with that particular horse. If the horse starts poping up in the front and pulling back which alot of them will do. There is another step that i won't go into right now. The cowboy out side of the trailer will be back and off to the side of the horse with a larit rope. He will be far enough away that he can throw the rope toward the back legs just above its back hoofs. I don't mean hard enough like you were trying to beat the horse which you couldn't do with a larit rope anyway. What this does is makes the horse nervous thinking something is trying to get it. Its instinct is going to get away from whatever that is that is whipping at its hind hoofs. It may try to dance from side to side in its fornt first but if everything is done right it will load up into the trailer. When it does trun the horse around and lead it back out. And repeat the process 3 or 4 more times. And most of the time that is all that it will take. Be sure to turn the horse around and lead it out instead of backing it out the first few times. Just until it has gotten over its fear of loading. And thats it. I haven't seen a horse yet that can't be loaded that way.
I have taught alot of them that way.

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Re: Very flighty horse, won't load

Post by 504RP » Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:31 pm

One more thing. Eventually someone might suggest taking a long rope and run it through the trailer from the front and out the back to hook to the horses halter to pull the horse up into the trailer with another horse. I know someone that done that. The horse braced itself with its front legs and sit back on its haunches and they drug the horses front legs under the back of the trailer. Took the muscle off both front legs down to the bone just above its knee caps. Pulling a horse into a trailer isn't good.

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Re: Very flighty horse, won't load

Post by 76 Bar » Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:15 pm

I had the good fortune to attend numerous Ray Hunt clinics. Demonstrations of successful stress free trailer loading of so called inscrutable rouges was one of the many high lights.

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