Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
When ever he goes to fast or faster than you, change direction/go back the direction you came from or make him back up. Don't just have him back up a step or two, make him back up 20 feet and he needs to move quickly. He'll learn quickly to go your pace or he has to back up. When I lead a horse, I loop the end of the rope in the opposite hand. To get them to back off, I'll smack them in the chest with the loop while pulling down on the halter end. Then I'll ask them to back up. If he doesn't back up well, keep asking him to back up no matter what he does until he takes a few strides back, stop and then ask again. I swing the lead rope from lightly to vigorously until they back up. Usually when the clip 'gets' them, they start backing away from it if they haven't already. When they start backing, I stop swinging the rope but keep moving towards them. When they stop backing, I start swinging the rope again.
Just to clarify, when I smack a horse or have the clip get the horse, it's not doing it hard enough to cause pain but enough to cause discomfort.
Everyone should be allowed at least one bad habit, and that's NOT owning a horse! Mares RULE! Geldings drool!