All Aboard! Trailer-Loading Made Easy

Trailer-loading is one of the horse husbandry skills that can be intimidating. When a horse is fearful of the trailer, the situation can be dangerous. Unfortunately, many horse owners avoid training this important skill. With clicker training you have the opportunity to work with a horse that is eager to participate. You also have the ability to train components that can accelerate the learning process.

Using groundwork exercises, exploratory shaping games, and desensitization, it is possible to work through and practice the physical skills and components that are necessary for trailer-loading, long before a horse is exposed to the actual trailer. Follow this accomplishment with a transition to the actual trailer.

Can you imagine having a horse just walk into a trailer at liberty? Can you imagine the horse being that comfortable with a trailer?

In this lecture you will view different videos and techniques that can be applied to both the horse that has had previous (and possibly negative) experiences with the trailer and the horse that is being introduced to a trailer for the first time.

Peggy Hogan

Through her business, The Best Whisper is a Click, Peggy Hogan provides clicker training lessons, clinics and online coaching, all focused on horses.

A horse-lover since the age of three when her sister put her on a pay-per-lap pony ride, Peggy loves all animals and has a passion for training. She has studied natural horsemanship in depth and immersed herself in the teachings of Peggy Cummings, founder of Connected Riding. With inspiration from Alexandra Kurland, Peggy fully embraced clicker training and positive reinforcement.

Learning from clicker trainers of other species, Peggy has investigated ways to add more shaping, capturing, luring, and targeting to her clicker training for horses program. Horses offer complex behaviors freely if given the choice, behaviors that apply to environments that range from agility to freestyle to medical procedures. All of these freely offered and shaped behaviors create wonderful riding horses. Peggy has worked with clicker training techniques in the area of horse rescue as well.