Need a hand teaching a horse to load? Got a problem loader? Need to introduce a young horse to the trailer? The Horse Jitney offers trailer training tailored to you and your horses' goals.

Discuss your trailer loading issues by phone at 301-526-8273 or email

Trailer training philosophy

Let's face it, if you were a horse, would you get into a horse trailer? I know I wouldn't! Horses are claustrophobic creatures by nature, so when it comes to teaching them to load, it's important to consider the horse's perspective. Did you know many horses don't like the hollow sound or feel of ramps, especially when they move ever so slightly?

Teaching a horse to load consistently well takes time, a bit of patience, self awareness, and the ability to read the horse's reactions, but when done right, the result is a horse who eagerly self loads into the trailer at a moment's notice. Any time spent teaching a horse to load and giving them experience on the farm is well rewarded by having a dependable loader at the end of a long day.

In my opinion, there isn't one single method that works for all horses, but combinations of tactics. It's really a matter of reading the particular horse's reactions, understanding his resistance, and applying appropriate aids with patience and kindness. The loading process often divulges any latent resistances or rude behavior the horse might be hiding, such as crowding your space, barging into the handler, and sometimes kicking or striking. During a trailer loading session, the handler learns tips for establishing solid, every day ground manners with their horse.

Sometimes we encounter horses that are fearful of the trailer, or more often than not, of the trailer ride. Horses become fearful for many reasons, including bumping their heads, feeling claustrophobic, traveling with a unruly horse, a trailer accident, or just plain poor trailer driving where the horse gets unnecessarily bounced around. Whatever the reason for poor loading, we take our time getting to understand each horse's fears and reactions. You will learn valuable horse handling skills for safely loading horses.

We believe that all horses can be taught to self-load into a horse trailer. Not only is it convenient for the handler, but it's safer too! When a horse self-loads into a horse trailer, the handler never leaves the back of the trailer before the butt bar is firmly in place. At the Horse Jitney llc, we help you create a repeatable trailer loading routine so you can get the loading results you want.

Discuss your trailer loading issues by phone at 301-526-8273 or email

Trailer training equipment

There's nothing so rewarding as working with a horse who firmly refrains from loading and turning him into a self loading, happy loader! It's not as hard as you might think, but the phrase "patience is a virtue" could not be more appropriate, and there are a few pieces of equipment that you'll want to have on hand for your trailer training session:

  • A pair of leather gloves because you can lose fingers if a horse violently pulls back (I know someone who lost three fingers when loading a horse).
  • A leather or cotton lead shank without a chain.
  • A leather lead shank with a chain.
  • A reasonably long dressage whip - to extend your reach, not beat your horse.
  • Lots and lots of carrots, favorite treats, and definitely some grain on hand.
  • PATIENCE * PATIENCE * PATIENCE * PATIENCE... and a sense of humor!

There are many reasons why horses become problem loaders, but it most often comes down to a bad experience either during the loading process, such as hitting their head or being kicked by a horse already on the trailer, although many issues develop from poor driving skills or an accident on the road. Some horses are just plain claustrophobic and only load well into very open, light, inviting trailers.

Whatever the reason, sometimes all it takes is a few good experiences to set things right, and that's where we come in. We work with you to understand each horse's issues, and watch you with your horse so we can identify anything the handler might be subconsciously doing to dissuade the horse. Once we assess the situation, we'll work with you to identify what works for your horse, and then repeat the process until horse and handler are comfortable. We then take the horse for a short ride, return, unload, and reload.

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Trailer Driving

If you're new to owning a horse trailer, or don't trust your trailer driving skills in the event of an accident, we can help you get the confidence you want.

Thinking about purchasing a new tow vehicle or trailer and have questions? Give us a call for a free consultation.

Are you hauling safely?

  • Do you know what to do if your trailer begins to sway?
  • Have you checked your floor boards and supports recently?
  • When was the last time you had your trailer brakes checked?
  • Are all of your running lights working properly?
  • Is your backup brake battery in working order (if you have one)?
  • Does your brake controller work properly?
  • Can your tow vehicle safely stop your loaded trailer?
  • Have your wheel bearings been repacked annually?
  • Are your trailer tires dry rotted?

Contact the Horse Jitney for your trailer training needs at 301-526-8273.

Discuss your trailer loading issues by phone at 301-526-8273 or email