Ever since Tofino’s sight has been deteriorating, he has been very difficult to load onto the trailer, even though we never had a problem with loading at all before.
First thing first, NEVER use force. No whips, chains, hitting etc. The reason why a horse won’t load is either because it’s something new and need to get used to it, or it’s because they are genuinely afraid for many reasons.
- Be patient
- Open the side door of the trailer so the area feels less claustrophobic
- Having a horse already inside will help to ease anxiety and doubt
- Lead your horse yourself as they probably trust YOU
- Allow your horse to walk around the trailer and sniff it out
- Reward with each step
- Talk to your horse gently
- If that fails, simply cover your horses eyes with a jumper or towel and lead them inside (this seems to work most of the time)
Note: Don’t forget your safety travel gear!
If you have any specific technique you know of, please do not hesitate to share. Personally, I have been using the above steps and ended up having to cover his face once which worked like a charm. Without doing so, it would take me 20 minutes to load otherwise.
Hope this helps
Riding protection vests are not only used for eventing and cross country, but can also be used for jumping or even beginner riders.
I have been using mine for the past 5 years whenever I am jumping. I use the Teuton Germany Protection Vest which I found years ago in Tack n Track.
Although the vest is bulky, I find that it doesn’t alter my movements while riding. It has velcro on both shoulders and the waist, allowing you to open it on one side or both, making it easier to wear and remove.
The vest is perforated for better breathability, however, I still do find myself sweating, but nonetheless, never overheating. You can easily remove the lining for washing by opening the velcro on the back and simply sliding it off.
The vest is in line with the old European standards: EN 13158:BETA2000 which have been stopped in 2011, with the current standards now being EN 13158:BETA2009. However, since I do not do cross-country or eventing, this one suits me just fine for now. If I were to get a new one, I would definitely recommend getting the up do date standards.
|• Easy to put on/off and move with
• Great adjustability
• Easy to wash
• Currently out of date with standards
Verdict: I would definitely recommend this vest, although it is bulky, I have been greatly satisfied with how it held up and how easy and light it is. If you plan on buying a new one though, make sure it the latest standard.