A good trail horse needs to load and unload from the trailer without fuss or trouble. Who wants to head out for a trail ride with friends and family and start the trip with a horse that won’t get in the trailer. Not us.
We insist our horses step up and load without discussion and unload in a couple of ways. We teach them to unload by backing out and to turn around and walk out forward. The gelding shown here, P.J., has the trailer stuff down. He loads without blinking an eye and does a good job of backing out.