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    01-13-2013, 10:54 PM
I know for a fact you should never loop the lead around ur hand unless of course you don't like ur hand ;) I was walking a dead broke NOT hot barrel horse out of pasture to feed and something spooked him he bolted now how do you think if my hand would have been looped in lead rope wouldn't have fingers or worse!! I yell at my 8 yr old if I even see her trying to loop it.. Any one that handles my horses know better!!
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    01-13-2013, 11:28 PM
Do you guys think they are like tightly wrapped or something? It is one big loop, or two if it's a short kid.

There are so many dangerous things posted on this forum, I am simply amazed that how you hold a shank for showmanship is being called dangerous.
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    01-13-2013, 11:46 PM
It's called common sense!! 1 loop 2 loops don't matter what happens if the horse spooks or anything you don't think the lead rope is going to tighten? They can DQ my daughter her hand is more important then any amount of $ or award.. I'm sorry you hold it like that ur just asking for trouble!!
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    01-13-2013, 11:51 PM
You have two hands on the lead and a chain under his jaw. You can also drop the loop really quickly and still have hold of the shank.

Oh, you can also make sure your horse is really freaking broke.
    01-13-2013, 11:57 PM
I don't care how broke ur horse is anything can happen!!! We don't use stud chains not even on a stud!! If that horse wants to bolt you ain't going to have time to drop it.. o ya do you have pics of you holding ur horse like how you say they should be? Jw
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    01-14-2013, 12:06 AM
Here is a video, so you can get an idea of what we expect out of a well-trained showmanship horse.

The one pictured in the original post is not a good example. A) her lead is held incorrectly and b) she's stepping to her horse and he's not doing a thing.
    01-14-2013, 12:06 AM
I have had plenty of times to drop my excess lead. It takes a fraction of a second to unclasp your hand.

I hold two long loops in my opposite hand. Even working with my unruly yearling, the slack slides through my hand. The only problem I have is remembering to wear my gloves when I train hard stuff...

So if "anything can happen", I expect you wear a helmet when you're doing showmanship as well?
    01-14-2013, 12:08 AM
The photo shows someone holding the line in small loops, not large ones. That would be needlessly dangerous. I suppose large loops might not be as dangerous. But , to form a habit of rope handling, it's best, IMO, to instill a rule and try to train yourself to fold the rope, not coil it.
    01-14-2013, 12:12 AM
It's been stated that small loops is not appropriate for showmanship and that it should be one loop multiple times.
    01-14-2013, 12:40 AM

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