Trailer Loading the Horseplay Way – Stress-free Trailer Loading

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Trailer loading can be extremely frustrating, especially when we are in a hurry or feeling the pressure of time constraints to get our horses loaded to head to an event!  This course is a perfect addition to the toolkit of our Horseplayers.  Plus, this course incorporates a couple of our favorite tricks – pedestal work and the liberty back up!

We will break trailer loading down into simple, non-threatening steps that are easy to understand and present to your horse without overwhelming them. Our goal is to make your trailering loading experience successful and stress-free for both you and your horse!

Learn more about Caylyn Walker and check out her courses.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Teaching your horse a stressfree, step-by-step trailer loading process that is broken down into easy to understand steps to help ensure the success of the lesson.

About the instructors

Caylyn Walker
Caylyn Walker has been an active equine enthusiast and animal-lover since her toddler days. She began riding lessons at a young age and then continued into a competitive riding career where she achieved multiple regional and national titles in various disciplines. In 2012 she also earned two World Championship titles in Morgan Dressage on her beloved Morgan gelding “Riley”. Caylyn’s love of trick training started when her first horse was injured and no longer able to work under saddle. She found alternative ways to keep her horse mentally active while continuing to build the partnership they had created. From horses, Caylyn expanded her horizon to trick training goats, chickens and even Zebu cows while she worked at a petting zoo during her high school years. While in school, she completed a Bachelor of Science with a particular focus on animal behavior and psychology. She continued to develop her methodologies in working with animals experimenting with body language and behavioral shaping through positive reinforcement methods. After completing her degree, she moved into a career as a Safety Manager where she developed her teaching and communication techniques to groups of people across Canada. Currently, Caylyn works full time on her farm in Jasper, ON breeding and training foundation Morgan horses. She offers clinics across Canada and does performances with her trick horses in Ontario. Caylyn has authored three books: Horseplay and Harmony Safe and Responsible Trick Horse Training, Foals With Goals and Liberty Work and Trick Training With Young Horses. Though she loves working with all horses Caylyn is passionate about working with foals and young horses at an early age. Giving them a sense of confidence using positive reinforcement techniques sets them up for a lifetime of success! Caylyn continues to offer trick horse training lessons, clinics and demonstrations and even offers trick trained horses for sale occasionally! She can be contacted through their website www.horseplayandharmony.com

Course Curriculum

Introduction
Welcome to Trailer Loading the Horseplay Way a Horseplay Mini Course! We have found that trailer loading is a common problem in the equine community and one that can be extremely frustrating especially when we are in a hurry or feeling the pressure of time constraints to get our horses loaded to head to an event! We decided that compiling this mini course would be a great tool for our Horseplayers out there to add to their toolkit (plus it incorporates one of our favourite tricks - pedestal work!) When loading in a trailer we put our horses training under a magnifying glass. If your horse has holes in his ground training, it is likely these issues will come to light when we are taking him out of his comfort zone and introducing a trailer. There are many reasons a horse may not feel comfortable getting into a trailer and we will discuss those reasons and how to overcome them within this course. Although it may seem like a simple exercise to load your horse, there is a reason so many people struggle with loading there horses! When we ask a horse to load, we are asking them to: enter a confined space (something a prey animal instinctively will try to avoid), step up on to an object that shifts and moves underneath them (which is unnerving to many horses), confront strange noises and trust us enough to go against their natural instincts and proceed into the trailer. To address these natural hesitations your horse may have, we will break trailer loading down into simple steps to ensure that are easy to understand and present to your horse without overwhelming them. Our goal is to make your trailering loading experience successful and stress-free for both you and for your horse!

  • Introduction
  • What to Expect In This Course

Taking a Step Up

  • Taking a Step Up
    00:00
  • Introducing the Pedestal
    08:57

Creating a Draw and a Drive

  • Creating a Draw
    04:57
  • Creating a Drive
  • Creating a Draw & Drive Quiz

Introducing the Trailer

  • Introducing the Trailer
    10:12
  • Introducing The Trailer

Self Loading

  • Self-Loading
    08:15
  • Self-Loading Quiz

Teaching a Horse to Back Off Of a Straight-Load Trailer

  • Backing Off Of a Straight-Load Trailer – Teaching the Liberty Back Up
    03:36
  • Teaching the Liberty Back-Up Quiz

Additional Tips

  • Additional Tips

Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshooting

Conclusion

  • Conclusion

BONUS MATERIAL: Trailer First Aid Kit

  • BONUS MATERIAL: Trailer First Aid Kit
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