There are a variety of reasons for people to load horses into trailers, including taking them to the veterinarian when they are ill, to a horse show or competition, or on vacations. Unfortunately, many horses fight during loading. They exhibit behaviors such as rearing, pulling back, head tossing, pawing, and turning sideways. These behaviors are likely to be negatively reinforced when the owner fails to load the horse (cf. Baron, 1991). The combination of a horse that fights loading and an owner who uses physical force can produce a very dangerous situation…..
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