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We have recently started a YouTube channel. I also save all my training videos on Instagram in the "Highlights" section of our IG page.
When we first got Honey last spring, she was terrified of trailers. Here’s a walk through of training a cow to load easily into a trailer.
It’s important NOT to try to drag them into the trailer. Just hold steady gentle forward pressure on the halter and be encouraging. It’s just like with lead training - take a step to naturally create the forward pressure, hold steady, and the second she attempts to step up or forward, release the pressure through the lead. The camera angle didn’t show my pressure release very well…but with every attempt it naturally created some slack in the lead plus on the big attempts I made some extra slack for her. When she took the big step in the trailer I made sure she got a lot of extra slack she could feel. You can see she thought on that for a second, realized what I was asking her to do, and easily walked into the trailer the rest of the way. If you have one that tries to back out, don’t turn it into a fight, just hold steady and calm. If they’re really scared or uneasy, considering going back to basic trust building before pushing the trailer training.
Once in the trailer I took her halter off, gave her lots of love scratches, and set her up with some yummy food.
Tip: talk to them. Don’t get to caught up in your head or underestimate their ability to understand your words. If you’ve built a relationship together, encouraging words go along ways