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post #1 of 48 Old 06-09-2012, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Leading, do you lead from the front or the side

On this thread Pulling back while leading I asked for help with Ben who is giving me trouble with pulling back, violently while being led, it has led to the start of an interesting discussion on the best way to lead a horse.

I think it's an interesting discussion to have, but I would like to keep that thread for ideas on trying to solve the problem, and have this thread as a place where we can discuss the pros and cons of leading from in front, by the head or from the shoulder

I am in front sort of person
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post #2 of 48 Old 06-09-2012, 09:36 PM
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I prefer to the side. I have a better idea if a horse is going to act up or spook if I can see him out of my periphials(?). I can also get after and work easier in the case that he does act up/spook.

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I always lead from the side, since I can watch the horse and it is much easier to stop them and back them up. I also think you get more control, especially with greener horses.

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From all positions. I want to be able to lead my horse from any point in front of the shoulder and drive him from any point behind the shoulder, or draw him toward myself, start, stop, slow down, speed up, back up, and stand quiet whenever I give him the word by doing those things myself. On either side. In other words, follow my lead.
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I am half way inbetween. Horse is behind me, but off to the side enough that I can see him.
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From all positions. I want to be able to lead my horse from any point in front of the shoulder and drive him from any point behind the shoulder, or draw him toward myself, start, stop, slow down, speed up, back up, and stand quiet whenever I give him the word by doing those things myself. On either side. In other words, follow my lead.

Of course, this is so. And I can and will do this kind of leading from time to time, such as sending a horse through a gate. But, I think the poll is about like when you are just la-de-da bringing the horse up from the pasture or such. for the most part, you won't be leading from behind.
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With my horses, it's just whatever..I can throw the lead rope over their neck and they know to follow me, whether that be from either side or the front.. But if it's someone else's horse I will usually be a little in front but also to the side enough to see the horse by my side.

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post #8 of 48 Old 06-09-2012, 09:46 PM
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The horse has the responsibility to stay between the "too far ahead, and too far back place" If he goes too far ahead, (which means his head passes my shoulder and is thus in front of my body), I lift the line and give a little wiggle. I keep walking but I use the wiggle of the line, which always means move away from this bad feeling, to cause him to wait while I go ahead. If he gets too far back, and I feel drag in the line, I use a little swing back of the lead line, or I jsut kind of swat it agains my offside thigh to indicate that he'd better move up, now! he can saty anywhere he wants between those two points, as long as he is not directly behind me and not crossing over to the other side.

If the horse is prone to spooking, I would shorten the rope and have him closer but more off to the side. But I don't have a lot of experience leading horses that are like that.

If they are going to spook right past me, then so be it. They can go past me. I can just turn around and they will be in the "following " position. Or, I can stop them, and move them so that they are back into the following position. I dont' try to "hold" them so they are at my shoulder, since I could never hold a horse that needs to jump forward. I am not that strong.
I never said I "hold" him anywhere. But I move WITH him. I don't drag him, he doesn't drag me. If he tries, he gets corrected. If he's too slow, he gets a swat on his barrel to keep up.

I want him to stay at my shoulder, if we have to go in between a tight space then he follows behind (like through a barn door.)

My rope is loose, it never goes tight ever. I don't know where you got this image of me restricting my horse physically in any way. He knows to stay at my shoulder and I correct him if he doesn't.

Same with any other horse I handle.

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I usually lead from the sides, either side will do; but, I also practice having her follow behind me. This is very useful for when I am leading her on the trails and there is only room for on at a time.

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Middle of their neck by my shoulder. When I'm doing jog-outs for eventing, I can't have a horse lagging behind me when I'm trying to trot him.
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