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post #1 of 24 Old 10-23-2012, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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what to do with lead rope when riding?

Sorry all. This is probably a dumb question but I'm going to ask anyway.

What should I do with the lead rope when riding? Meaning, I realize it is bad to lead with the reins so I want to leave the rope halter on under the bridle so I can attach the lead rope to walk through some things from the ground but what do I do with the rope when I'm riding. I have thought of tying it to something but got a vision of me getting stuck in it if something should happen . ??
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post #2 of 24 Old 10-23-2012, 08:00 PM
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If you're riding western, I would just wrap the end around your horn. Make a nice long loop, no tension at all.

If English, I would either buy a grabstrap, or make a temporary one out of twine, and just loop it through there. I know some people wrap around the neck, but I think that's a bad idea ... For many reasons.

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Western: wrap it around your saddle horn.

English: Tuck it into your belt loop

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I have seen western riders wrap it around the horn, but I don't ride western. If you are talking about riding english, I have no idea... other than taking it off the halter and tying it around your waist or something.
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post #5 of 24 Old 10-23-2012, 08:51 PM
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Tuck it into your belt loop even if you ride Western. Very handy.
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post #6 of 24 Old 10-23-2012, 09:31 PM
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ok, the tuck it into your belt loop are assuming that it is still attached to the halter. If you detach it, then coil it , tie it onto the horn and if you have enough rope, tie the middle of the coil, so that yo have a figure eight instead of a plain circle of coils (you can't get your leg through the smaller opennings of the figure eight).

If it is still attached to the halter, then you can tuck it up into your belt. Push the looped end up under the belt with the tail stickig out and down . Don't tie it to your belt, EVER. You want it to stay on your belt, but come loose very easily if you fall off.
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Most of the people at my barn will wrap up the rope and clip it to a belt loop when riding (we ride english).
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post #8 of 24 Old 10-23-2012, 09:39 PM
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DO NOT clip or tie it to you! Through a belt loop is fine, but don't attach it! Granted in most instances the belt loop would probably break, but personally, I would rather not be attached to the horse at all as I fall....just asking for trouble, getting stepped on, dragged...you get the picture.

I think a piece of twin like a wussy strap on an english saddle would work, and as has been said-western-around your horn. I used to (years ago for trails) tie an UNATTACHED lead around my waste or put it in a fanny pack. Just make sure it is loose enough to not pull on your horse-and tight enough not to cause tripping.

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post #9 of 24 Old 10-23-2012, 10:26 PM
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Just lead with the reins, nothing wrong with that, I wouldnt tie one up with reins attached to a bit, for that I unhook th ereins and slip em through the loop on the rope halter.
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post #10 of 24 Old 10-23-2012, 11:10 PM
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Wrap it up and clip it to one of the D rings on your saddle.

But I do agree with Joe, I lead with the reins when I have to get off to lead. It doesn't harm so long as you're aware of the action of the bit you've got in.

I'd rather avoid keeping a halter on under a bridle I think - the risk of rubbing is too great. But that's just me :)

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