Once I feel that the horse understands the ramp a lot better, I move to the bigger ramp, taking the same steps as I did with the normal trailer.
Three steps forward, two steps back, until I feel that the horse is relaxed and confident about their feet.
The main problem with this horse was walking down the ramp, so we want them to feel that he can stand on the ramp without wanting to rush off.
When he’s facing the ramp, he has to find his rest point when he feels that gravity is pushing him down.
So when he’s faced with that anxiety, of looking down and having to go downhill, we help him with finding that resting point by giving him a bit of food.
It’s not meant to bribe the horse or for him to completely forget about the process he’s in, but it will help the horse to relax a bit more at that moment.