My reason for considering in more safe to walk a horse where you can see it has already been explained. You can see what the horse is looking at, when. You can also prepare yourself for an attack because instead of knowing when the rope tightens or when the horse has already run you over/bolted, you can react quicker. Lol, The baby situation is so true!!! I teach my young ones to lead by walking in a circle in the round pen, giving and releasing as they come toward me and accept the pressure, but that also means they go through a period of change where they are then supposed to walk beside me. I've had a couple jump into me while they were spooking from a dangerous water trough
:roll: Babies do such goofy things when they are introduced to something new!
Yes, I also maintain some space between me and the horse I'm walking, also they know that when I step into them, they need to go the other way (at least my buckskin does, my other yearling doesn't move as quickly on her hind end, so I sometimes bump her with my shoulder).
Everyone does different things that works for some animals, doesn't for others. We each also may have different reasons for doing what we think is right, and that's all right because its your horse and you, and my horse with me, if that makes any sense, lol.