Originally Posted by tinyliny
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.