How to teach my horse to lead properly

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    08-14-2012, 09:50 PM
How to teach my horse to lead properly

Hi, I am new here, and this is my first thread. Anyway, my horse had previous owners, and she was used to being led when you hold the rope at the clip or right under her head. I am starting to train her to be on a loose line, and be next to me. Often she walks behind me, and too close to me. I am also trying to train her to keep a distance between us and not end up stepping on my feet. Since she does not feel my pressure sometimes she drifts of behind me, or toward me. So I just jiggle the rope til she walks foreward. Is there any better method would you reccomend.
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    08-14-2012, 11:36 PM
Will anybody answer me?
    08-15-2012, 10:07 AM
Well I would shorten the distance you are holding the lead a great deal to where your horse is beside you, if she slows add pressure and when she is actively walking beside you release pressure. Eventually you may be able to have her on a looser or longer lead but for now there is probably no reason to have it that long if she is not doing what you want and walking beside you. Hope this helps some.
    08-15-2012, 10:08 AM
In the last line I meant walking behind you.
    08-15-2012, 10:31 AM
Thanks, I will try that
    08-15-2012, 12:22 PM
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Start by teaching her to back off of the line, by wiggling it . I know that sounds goofy, but she needs to learn to follow a "feel" that is put into the rope/leadline.

Start by having her facing you, you about 3 feet off of her. Start to wiggle the rope back and forth the tiniest bit while you kind of lean into her and you can use your other hand to kind of "push" the air indi ating with your body, and voice, to "back!" back!". When she takes one step back, stop all action, let the rope drape down and tell her good girl. Do this more until she backs up when she feels the rope wiggle. Remember to escalate your cues from low to high (if necessary) to get her response; always looking for her to respond to the tiniest of cues, but willing to go big to get a response..

You will back her away from you , you not moving your feet. Eventually, she will be 12 feet away (if you line is long enough) and you invite her, with the feel on the rope, to walk back toward you. BUT, stop her, with your body language and a wiggle of the rope, when she is 3 or 4 feet away. DO NOT allow her to walk into your space.

STart enforcing this space of yours EVERY time you intereact with her. ALWAYS.

This is the start; getting her to back away and come back to you, always maintaining your "bubble".

This isnot the whole answer but all that I can type right now.
    08-15-2012, 08:54 PM
Thanks, that is another good idea, I will do that before I get into leading her
    08-15-2012, 10:17 PM
If the horse is able to bridle, I would lead in that -that way you can have more control for turning, stopping, and if she trys to go forward too. I carry a crop so I can use it if they fall behind I tap behind me on the shoulder to signal move up and I put my elbow out or use a carrot stick to keep my mare a respectable distance away. As we have gotten better I have done it without a lead of any sort and just walking beside. If I stop, she stops, if I back up-she does too, it helps as lead or not she knows to stay at my shoulder about a foot away.
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