|Safe Loading Practices for Horses|
When loading a horse in a trailer, it is important to recognize and carry out safe loading practices. It is your job to make the loading experience pleasant for the horse and safe for the handler.
Before approaching the trailer to load the horse, remove any obstacles that might scare or prevent it from loading. Make sure the trailer partitions are securely fastened so they don't swing in the horse's way during loading. Open all vents and windows needed, hang any hay nets prior to loading. It is also important to park the trailer in a safe location, away from any obstacles that might injure a horse if it runs back, refusing to load. You should also make sure you have loaded all other supplies, tack, etc.
Once the trailer is prepared and these safety precautions taken, you may load your horse.
Once the horse is loaded, secure all partitions, including the bum bar that may be located behind the horse in the last section of the trailer. The bum bar also helps prevent horses from prematurely backing off the trailer when the trailer door is opened prior to unloading.
Once horses are loaded, it is best to get on the road. Some horses may become anxious and will quickly get hot in an immobile trailer.