Horse trailers come in many styles and sizes. We have different horse trailers based on their design and materials. Some of them are Bumper pulls, Tagalongs, Goosenecks, Stock trailers, Straight loads, Slants, Step Ups, Ramps and Fiberglass. Patience is the key to success while loading and floating horses. Many safety points should be taken into consideration while dealing with horses. There are many links on the internet that say click here for a detailed video on the description of horse loading and floating procedure. Not all the links are trustworthy. It is always advisable to take the experts’ opinion. http://horses.animalworld.com/information/horse-care.php is an informative site that throws light on the topics like horse feeding, horse grooming, and horse behavior and horse habitat.
The crucial points to be kept in mind while loading and floating the horses:
Animals take time to adjust to the new surroundings. They must get acquainted with the new smell and sounds. Patience is very much necessary during this endeavor. If the horse has no prior experience, then it should be made sure that the maiden trip should be worth it. We do not want a grumpy horse due to a bad experience, isn’t it? Forcing any animal especially horses will profoundly affect their mental stability. If a horse is unwilling to get into a float, it’s better we find out the reason behind it rather than forcing the horse repeatedly.
A new float might make a horse nervous. The horse may turn aggressive due to reasons unknown to us and might harm the people around. To avoid this situation, it is better to take all the safety precautions in advance. We can’t put the safety of the loaders and people around at stake. It is better to reconstruct a similar scenario before the journey and observe the behavior of the horse. If it is a double float and only one horse is being loaded, then loading the horse on the same side of the driver will fetch better stability. The center of gravity will be stable, and the float will not swing much from side to side.
If the trailer has a ramp lift that is to be closed after the horse is loaded, then care should be taken that no person is standing behind to avoid head injuries. The ramp doors of the trailers are solid and heavy as to prevent the escape of horses during the journey. If the horse is traveling for the first time, then it has to learn to balance itself, and this process might take a little time. So, it is better to drive very slowly in the beginning and speed is to be kept minimal during steep curves and turns. Taking utmost care during loading and journey and hurrying up during unloading will turn the tables upside down. The horse must be given enough time to relax after the drive and it must be willing to step out rather than forcing it.
So, following all these steps correctly will ensure the goodwill of the horse.