Trailer Loading Part 2 of 10

This video slows down the process of loading a horse so you can see the pieces. In an upcoming video you will see a problem horse and how these pieces are missing. Can you see the conversation? I think it is interesting that because I wanted to slow the process down you can actually see that Vaquero is confused by the lack of clear guidance. To see the full series visit and click on the video tab.


  1. Heidi (nrhareiner) on August 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Sorry can not edit. I ment to put PTSD not PSD.

  2. Heidi (nrhareiner) on August 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm


    Just finished watching the next 2 in this series. Very interesting to see a horse who this horse reacts. Te is not like that he is very quiet but my Dun It mare is a bit. Although she loads great. That is more 5 years of showing and a lot of trailer miles then anything. Once Major is weaned I am putting her back to work. I am sure she will just love that.

    I think that is my big problem is that he shows no sign of doing anything then he just backs. That is what I would love to figure out and how to stop it before it happens.

    Well off to play with some horses. Have a great week.


  3. Heidi on August 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm


    I worked him again the next day and was able, with a bit of a bribe inside the trailer (oats), to get him to load and stay. I am not a big one for bribing or giving treats. However I was more trying to get his mind off where he was. Did work for now. This trainer belongs to my vet and is bigger then mine. Should be interesting to see if he will go into my trainer or if he will go in again today. His is more a PSD type deal. He does the same thing tied some times even when leading. Can walk him through a pasture of mares with a lead rope around his neck with no problem but put a halter and lead on… I will say that it is not very often but still at times. I will say that these things so fare are working. I am hopping that at the end of the day it will help him get over what ever got him freaked again last year. I am thinking if I just started hauling him again more like I was back when I was showing him he would be better too. Just have a few too many that I enjoy riding.

    Next is to start working with my Roosters Wrangler weanling colt. Now that should be fun.

    Thanks again for doing these videos. Some stuff I have been doing for years and some other stuff it new. Then putting it all together.

    I will keep you posted how it goes.

  4. Heidi (nrhareiner) on August 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm


    Just finished running Te through all that you have shown so fare. The out come was about what I expected. He has great emotional control as I have hunted off him, roped off him, reined on him, and so much more. As I had expected I had no problem controlling his body. He walked over the wooden bridge that I just built and a tarp. After doing all this for some time I walked him to the trailer. He checked it out and walked in. Well that was good so you would think. However about 30 sec. later he backed out FAST. That was about it. He would put his front feet in and sniff and I think that was more b/c the last horse in the trailer was a mare who came in the other day. No matter what I tried he would go no further. He never got upset never did anything that you would feel was a problem. He just will not go in the trailer. When I lunged him a bit every time he passed the open trailer he would speed up and once past slow back down. Again sent him over the wooden bridge with no problems. Moved him around tried the trailer again. He would go and stand there sniff look put his front feet up and in but if you asked him to do any more he was out of there.

    Any suggestions?
    If needed I can make a vidoe of what he is doing.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can give. Not that I will show him as much as I use to but he is so much fun to ride and show that you never know.

    • Stacy on August 13, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Watch just a couple more of these videos with Snoop and see if the lack of forward seems familiar. Then if not, go ahead and video and we can compare.

  5. Heidi on July 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I have a question. I have a 22 yo stallion who was severly abbused as a young horse. So much so that he has 5-6 fussed vertabie in his upper neck. He has issues at time with tieing as that is when it happened and again when loading. He will go in as long as I am the only one around with a bit if encuragement. I have tried many different things to get him better about loading and if it is a larger trainer he is better. What are some good ways to get him over this intermintent fear. It is not all the time. He will be fine for a time then some times it has been years then all of a sudden somthing crawls up his rear and he pulls back or will not go into a trailer.

    • Stacy on August 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Heidi, Go ahead and review all of the steps that I have shown with the well trained horse. Even if your horse is having a good day and all goes well then you can consider that a base line for when you do hit a bad day. I just posted a video of a horse having a bad day and the next segments will show me working him through the process. I hope you find them helpful.

      • Heidi (nrhareiner) on August 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm


        I was watching that video this morning. Looking forward to the next one. He is about like that when he gets bad. When I first started reining with him about 11 years ago he was Ok with loading (lots of work at that time with it) but he loved going places and showing so much he got a lot better. Even with tying he was doing a lot better and I really thought he was over it. I have had him for 17 years now. Then about a year ago something happened and he started pulling back when tied again and now is back to having more bad days then good when tied or trying to load him. He even will pull back at times when leading which he has never really done. I know the reason this all started it back when he was a baby but not sure what got him going again as there did not seem to be a trigger. Which I am sure there was a reason but I did not see what it was. At least he ground ties well.
        I will start working with him and my Roosters Wrangler weanling when I get my new stick and string I ordered. The foster pups chewed the old one up. Bad puppies. Bad bad puppies. Oh well love them anyway but will be happy when they find their new forever home.

        Thanks again for these videos. There is a lot of good info in them.


  6. Sherri Glidden on July 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    It’s nice to see this segment. Nice calm loading…:-)

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