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Training your horse to go into confined space... The Vet crush and barriers

January 2013 by Elsa Williams-Davis Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Horses are naturally wary of small spaces and they tend to avoid confinement so will often react by showing various expressions of flight response. The three most common situations where horses need to walk into a small space and be confined are floats and trucks, vet crushes and racing barriers.

In the May issue I explained the float training process, and in this article I will focus on vet crushes and race barriers. The training process for all three is very similar.