Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
Horses being led out of vehicles?
I'm just curious here...
Does anyone ever lead their horses with their cars or trucks? Like, you driving with the lead rope through the window and the horse walking/trotting/cantering along beside the vehicle?
Or am I the only one who see's doing this as something advantageous. I mean, if the horse was to get out of the pasture and got several miles away (which has happened to me once... I found my mare over four miles away, grazing along the side of the road...)... well, wouldn't it be a bit easier if the horse was trained to lead through a vehicle window?
What got me on this was earlier... my cusin came up and we groomed our horses. She had to get home before dark, but stayed a little late... so I offered to get the car and drive it so she could lead her gelding to her house without having to walk in the dark (I had to take my gelding back to his pasture regardless, and I was using the car to take him back, so it was obviously not a problem and her gelding knows ho to lead by a vehicle, when we owned him, we used to lead him with my uncle's truck a lot...).
Anyway, she said no, which I can respect, but her reasoning was that her horse would freak out (which he wouldn't). Even after I offered to lead him for her, she didn't want to... so I ended up and led my boy and drove slightly behind her with my emergency blinkers on, since it was getting late...
After we got to her house and she started on it, I took Dakota on up to his pasture. He trotted and cantered right beside my car without a problem. When it comes to leading that way, all of my horses know how it is done. They know how to tun and not to bump the car, or if they do bump it, they know to move over. They will talk, trot, canter, and gallop alongside the car willingly.
I was just reflecting on how them doing this has helped me out a few times when otherwise I would be stuck leading them for several miles... how it's really just bighelp for them to be so calm about being led by the car... or truck... or 4-wheeler... etc...
Does anyone else do this and what are your thoughts on it?
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (22 y/o TWH mare), Dakota (10 y/o TWH gelding), Codie (18 y/o Walkaloosa gelding) & Harlow (9 y/o APHA mare)