When learning how to lead a horse, you should know that it is traditional for you to be on the horse’s left side.
Generally, unless you have done all his training he will be more comfortable with you on his left side. As your leading skills increase you can try it from his right side.
I will show you how to safely lead a horse and what to do if he doesn't respond correctly. Before you get started here are some things you must be aware of:
If the horse decides to go somewhere, spooks at something or tries to run off, you don’t want to be firmly attached to a scared, running 1000lb horse!
Same goes for coiling the lead rope.
Let the slack drag out beside you (if your horse is OK with that) or fold it into half or thirds and hold the middle. That way it can’t tighten around your hand.
This tip seems logical, but you would be surprised how many experienced horse people wrap or coil a rope around their hand.
Coiling a rope or placing it around your hand is asking for an accident.
It can make a horse panic if he is held too tightly. Allow his feet to drift some if needed.
Your goal is to keep him there with you no matter your pace.
If he lags behind, you may need to use the slack of your rope (or use a training stick and/or string) to give him a few rhythmic taps as far back as you can reach. That will encourage him to move forward with you.
If he is too fast and gets ahead of you you’ll have two choices.
With some practice and as you gain your horse’s confidence and respect by schooling him on the ground, your leading problems will disappear.
A well schooled horse should match your pace at any gait and be attentive.
I hope you have enjoyed learning how to lead a horse.
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