Every night after work I’ve been going to the barn and working on trailer loading with Baron. The repetition is paying off! A few days ago, he walked right onto the trailer on the first try. He stayed for a few minutes and I let him get back off when he was ready; I didn’t push him to stay any longer than he felt comfortable. I could not, however, get him on the trailer a second time. I tried for about a half an hour before giving up. I got him to put his feet on the ramp and then let him quit. I kept practicing every day, and finally on Saturday he loaded onto the trailer on the first try, and then loaded again about 10 minutes later. I was a little more forceful the second time; I used the training stick and tapped him on the rump to let him know I meant business. Now that I know he can do it, I feel I can be a bit more forceful when I ask. Now it’s a matter of not wanting to versus being unable to load. My goal is for him to be completely comfortable in the trailer and willing to load with no hesitation. I want to be able to point at the trailer and have him hop on. That will take loads of practice, but I enjoy the groundwork as much as the riding, so it’s not a problem for me. I realize that a lot of people get bored with groundwork and would prefer to get on and go riding, but I feel that the groundwork is where you make the most progress in the relationship with the horse. I’ll spend as much time as it takes to have a reliably quiet, confident horse.