Trailer loading trouble, horse finally loads! Thanks Tekonsha!

In this video the ‘problem’ loading horse finally loads! And I would love to say that it was that last four minutes that did it-but it wasn’t. It was all of it. Yes, there are fourteen videos in all that I have released with Tekonsha to show how to load a horse into a trailer.

When I teamed up with Tekonsha it was to promote education for safer hauling of horse. That includes towing safety (your vehicle and trailer) as well as horse hauling safety. And I get a lot of questions about trailer loading.

The extra great news is that all that ‘ground work stuff’ that I show….comes in handy for lots of other issues. Horse won’t cross water? Use the same technique as you would to load into the trailer to send him across the water. The possiblilties are endless.

And the videographers (hired and paid for by Tekonsha) did a great job of capturing the moments where, as I point out in the writing on each blog, you can see the horses making a change. A subtle shift in their thinking that leads to advancement. All for you to watch for free on the internet. So thanks again Tekonsha and here are the last three videos!

If you just want to see the end, skip down to the last video, then maybe you will be tempted to go back and watch all 14.

Part 10 A- “What is it that you want?” Asks the horse.

It is so important to read the body language! By the time you start to refine, or finish, a horse on any subject it will go better the more smoothness and finess the handler has. Practice, practice, practice reading the body language.

Part 10 B- He is thinking about it….

Notice how he is almost pulling me to the trailer! Being able to rub him when he can no longer look at me with his eyes is a big deal. That is how I can ‘communicate’ to him that I am happy with him (by rubbing).

Part 10 C- He finally goes in!


  1. […] Trailer loading with Stacy Westfall and Tekonsha […]

  2. Janette on April 4, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Absolutely brilliant!! And it’s free?? What no hard sell? Just non stop tuition for the horse and the viewer. Nothing was spared, unlike every so-called expert, that has already made millions. Stacy put her heart and soul into these video’s purely to help us help the horses to have a better life. It’s unbelievable that people still have so much trouble trailer loading when video’s like this are free to access. Thanks once again Stacy for sharing your hard earned wisdom so generously.

  3. April on November 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I really like your video on teaching your horse how to get in the trailer..would it be ok to share more of your videos on our website that we have to spread the word of horse rescues and help new horse owners.. Please let me know I included my email address.

    • Stacy on November 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Yes, Happy sharing!

  4. horse deals on November 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Great video! it gives additional learning and knowledge for the horse lovers.Thanks Stacy! keep sharing your knowledge.

  5. Julien B. on October 20, 2012 at 6:03 am

    To Katherine (first comment): horse training is not about being harsh or not, it is about doing the right thing at the right moment (timing) and always letting one door open to the horse.

    The horse in the video has an always an open door where he can go, rest and be happy. In fact even two: he can go forward to the trailer or leave at any time.

    I work horses since years and I must say Stacy does a great job at the two most important things of horse training:
    1. rewarding the horse immediately for every progress
    2. Applying pressure progressively from very light to stronger until the horse makes a decision (to move)
    This might seems easy but to be correct on the two above rules all the time needs a lot of experience ans horse sense.

    I believe if one is looking for harsh or not harsh, she or he will not see the main picture: the two above “rules” make the difference between a good or a bad corretion/training.

  6. Kathy K on October 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    my computors been off for a while, I had time to stop at the library today and watch all the videos ,i always pick up some good tips , theres no way your harsh, theres a fine line between assertiveness and harshness, need those boundries around those thousand pound horses to keep us safe! Thanks again for what you do do, can,t wait for more training videos. Kathy K.

  7. Kim taylor on October 8, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Hi…. for me, this video gives additional learning for the followers and interested to this site. Thanks Stacy! keep sharing your knowledge.

  8. simone schulz on October 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I thanks stacy’ve learned a lot and i looked forward to every follow .is really interesting how it works at the horse and how relaxed it looks from the trailer afterwards. horses do not lie!greetings simone

  9. Betty on September 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I personally liked the whole series …it kept her safe and gained the horses trust…good job…great easy to understand video…thank you Stacey!

  10. Katherine on September 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Have to be honest……very disappointed in the whole loading series. Was surprised and disappointed in the harshness. Will never purchase any videos or books again.

    • Kerstin on October 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      You won’t be able to coax your horse onto a trailer by giving him/her carrots for ever… One day, God forbid, you will get yourself into trouble. Horses are so much bigger and stronger than humans and working with them is not 100% safe at the best of times, but if you don’t teach your horse some basic manners (i.e. not running over you/invading your space) and yes, discipline him or her for doing something wrong/dangerous you will end up in hospital sooner or later. And I am not talking about beating the crap out of them!! I think it’s refreshing to see a trainer who doesn’t try to sell videos by doing what people want to see, namely the politically correct version, but by showing how it’s really done and how almost all other trainers or horsemanship people do it.
      Have you ever watched horses in a paddock together? Horses are herd animals and every herd needs a leader. They fight almost every day to be the alpha! And they can really hurt each other. And us humans. Just go to your nearest hospital and ask how many horse related injuries they had come in in the last year… Most of them are preventable.
      And Stacy doesn’t even hurt the horse, she is just making it uncomfortable for him to be in her space. It’s just about teaching horses to have respect for you.
      I hope you understand what I’m trying to say and that you won’t have to find out the hard way!
      All the best,

      • Kay on October 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm

        I find your reply very degrading. You don’t even know me. I have been riding for my many, many years……..I have been training horses for a long, long time. Don’t need your input. Just was expressing my disappointment.

    • Brenda on October 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Harshness? What harshness? Compared to some trainers I’ve seen she is extremely gentle. She takes things very slow and calm but yet gets her point across to the horse.

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