Need Help Loading Your Horse In The Trailer?

… in a horse friendly way, without using force and intimidation !!!

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How horses learn is not complicated and it’s what everybody should know before doing anything with a horse. Especially when loading a horse in a trailer, you need to understand what motivates a horse to do something for us. Even something they are naturally afraid of. It will be more deeply explained in my E-book and Video’s.

  • Does loading your horse in the trailer take a lot of time?
  • Would you like to be able to load your horse by yourself?

There is a safe and easy way to load your horse and have them relaxed during the trip.

In the last eight years I have experienced that all horses can learn to load voluntarily with this approach
which I will explain in detail in my FREE  E-book.
Your horse too can learn to accept the trailer as a comfortable and safe place
;load calmly, with confidence and respect for you.

For many people and horses, trailer loading and transporting is a frustrating topic,
but it does not have to be that way. I help people and horses with trailer loading through
this website and blog, my E-book and the video material.
Read here what others have said about my E-book or read the preview.
So are you ready to learn how to load your horse on the trailer in a Natural way? This means that you use the psychology and natural adaptability and curiosity of the horse. This is the way of Natural Horsemanship and I have been a (Parelli) Natural Horsemanship instructor professionally for 8 years.
Read more about me and my trailer loading experience with Natural Horsemanship on the page About Eddy Modde

21 Comments so far ↓

  1. E. Fleming says:

    An ad for this came up on Facebook, and I thought to myself “the best way to learn how to trailer load is to learn about natural horsemanship.” And low and behold! Really beautiful.

  2. Lydia says:

    brillaint i wouldn’t mind if my horse went in a trailer head or bum first ,but he doesn’t , he hates being loaded to the point of him becoming dangerous and rearing

  3. Jens says:

    Like E Fleming, saw the ad on Facebook, thought “hmmm, see what it is”. I’ve got one that loads quickly and easily at home but won’t stay in long enough for us to safely do the breeching let alone the ramp. I need ideas.

  4. Jenneane Crofts says:

    Hi there,
    I don’t have a problem loading, its when we are moving my boy has a fit and I get the feeling he is coming out of the bottom of the trailer!!!
    Do you have any top tips? I thought of taking him on small journeys every day on the property until he accepts it, is that the right thing to do?
    regards
    Jenneane

  5. Dinka says:

    Jeanneane, horses who are scared while travelling have usually had a bad experience. The only way to cure that is to drive like a SNAIL around every corner or significant curve in the road. This is the movement that unbalances horses and scares them. A lot of drivers don’t realise just how slowly they must go around a corner to make it comfortable for the horse. Try to come to a stop before turning, then gently go forward, to eliminate any tilting motion for your horse.

    I have a horse that has scrambled in the float, in the past, always around a corner, now I drive at snail’s pace around corners and the problem’s gone!

  6. Eddy Modde says:

    Thank you Dinka for answering Jenneane’s question. You have a good point to slow down first and then take the turn. Fear in the trailer very often has to do with the horses balance.
    Eddy

  7. Michel Suss says:

    Fantastic! everything with calm and sweetness! I live in Burgundy (France) and I adore your way of work with the horses.

  8. Hillies says:

    Hi all. I have a horse who is 16years old and has had a bad experiance in a box, so when i got him it took me forever to teach him to box and after a looong time he was fine, got in, stood still. got out at the show and got back in after like a star, then the other day he just didn’t want to in, so after half an hour he got in and as we started to drife off he started to rear and freak out and almost went over backward in the box!! why is he now after 3years of having him doing this again?? how can i help him get over this fear again?

  9. admin says:

    Hi Hillies,
    If only horses could talk. We often don’t know why they do things like this. I also know, they never do it without a reason from their point of view. He might have been a very introverted horse. Standing still does not mean they are okay. And finally, he exploded. But yes, you can still get him over this fear with this method.
    Eddy

  10. Theresa Hayes says:

    I am unable to play online videos of any sort due to poor internet connection here. Can I purchase a DVD instead?

    Thank you.

    Theresa

  11. Wendy says:

    Hello,
    I have been working for about three months now to get my horse to load. She had a bad trailer experience last summer that left her very injured and laminitic, from a fellow I had hired for a long trip because I didn’t have my own trailer at the time. When I work with her I usually am out there for about 3 hours quietly asking and I have progressed to her 2 front feet in the trailer without her shaking with fear, but no further. We seem to be stuck here and I don’t know how to progress. Any ideas?

  12. admin says:

    Hi Wendy,
    You need to live in the moment, not in the past. Yes, she had a bad experience. But you need to have positive energy about the trailer, she will pick up on it. And quietly asking won’t get horse to go on when they are in fear. You need to assertively ask them to take a step and then they will experience that it is okay.

  13. admin says:

    @Theresa,
    I am testing in Holland if there’s enough demand for a DVD. I do not have a DVD in English yet, sorry.
    Eddy

  14. Tracy Sayer says:

    Hi Eddy. I found your videos on youtube, as I was researching ways to safely load my thoroughbred after a long harrowing time the last time we loaded him. Took me 4 hours and we ended up with straps etc. I thought there must be a better way. I followed your instructions, and spent 3 hours with him today, and now he almost self loads and we are both calm. Just wanted to say THANKS, ans I’ll spread the word :)

  15. Caroline Back says:

    Hi Eddy, I have been working with Parelli methods for the last 10years. I have one horse that loads like a dream. But the other, a 7 year old mare, is an extremely claustrophobic RB introvert. After many hours of patience she now follows me into the trailer and will stand without shaking so hard the trailer is shaking too. I’ve also got her to back out relatively slowly – not like a rocket. But I can’t even think about being able to putting up the bar behind her, let alone shut the ramp. I am very aware that she needs TIME and PATIENCE, and I do lots of squeeze game and backing up to and over things to help ehr gain confidence, but it feels liek I have a very long way to go. She is basically terrified when she’s in the trailer. Any suggestions? I will of course read your ebook. Many thanks in advance, Caroline

  16. admin says:

    Hi Caroline, This will need repetition, but also a calm assertive energy for you. Don’t expect her to panic when you close the bar. Live in the moment and be ready to correct.
    Eddy

  17. Liesbeth says:

    Hi Eddy,

    my young gelding is not very afraid of loading, he is just hesitant and his way of showing that is just standing still and not moving, his head up and with a face like a donkey. I managed to load him though, by seducing him with food. What I did wrong though, is instantly closing the buttbar as soon as he got in. That scared him a bit but he was okay after that. During the ride he stood completely still, but was sweating all over so he was stressed, I’m sure.

    My question is: is it wrong to seduce him with food, and is it wrong to just place the buttbar instantly? Or would it be better to practice loading whithout food and giving him the opportunity to walk in and out without instantly closing the trailer? So he gets more trust in the whole thing?

    Thanks, Liesbeth

  18. admin says:

    Hi Liesbeth,
    I never use food to teach the loading by themselves. Also I never close the butt-bar quickly. Read my e-book and you’ll find out how it works. The standing still, but sweating means he is an introvert.
    Regards,
    Eddy

  19. Bettina says:

    Hi Eddy,
    Since Easter this year I have a horse-sharing with a Trakehnen – thoroughbred mix mare (12year old). She is really a sensitive horse and very afraid of new things. I tried to load her on a trailer for training purposes, but she would not even step on the ramp.
    People told me to back her up and try with food, but I didn’t like this idea. But I found your EBook for trailer loading and tried it this way. We practiced about 10 weeks twice a week, not only on the trailer but also on empty boxes, between jump stands and so on. I always tried not to pull her, but to send her.
    And now last week we walked smoothly on the trailer. She stands totally calm, is looking through the window and even closing the butt bar, the ramp and a first short trip through the place worked without problems! I am so happy, that I found your EBook and the people from above are now very impressed!
    My only problem until now after loading is that the first time unloading she is very hectic, pulling her head up and is backing up very fast. I instantly load her again and the second time I can unload her step by step. Is this a question of further training or do you have an advice for this?
    Many thanks in advance, Bettina

  20. admin says:

    Unload and loading her again will be the way to go. You have done a great job so far by the sound of it.
    Eddy

  21. Jazzy says:

    thankyou so much, this has helped heaps!