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post #1 of 7 Old 02-09-2012, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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leading sans halter

Well, after working with my horse and his respect level towards me, we've made good progress. He respects my space at ALL times, listens to me and my body language and is an all around better horse.

My question is do you consider leading with just a lead rope loosely around the neck to be dangerous or a good trust exercise?

What I do is
1. Make sure all main gates are closed along with open runs and turnout fields.
2. Look for anyone riding, walking, driving, etc. before leading.

The only times I do lead like this is to make our daily walk to the indoor which is about 50 feet away and to move in and out of turnout.

I like to do this because I personally think it tells my horse that I trust him, and in return he trust me.
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-09-2012, 09:31 PM
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I think that would solely depend on if he respects you, not if he trusts you.

I don't think you really get anything out of it except for potentially facilitating an opportunity for your horse to fail or hurt himself.

Congrats on your progress though!
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-09-2012, 09:34 PM
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I do that sometimes, so long as it doesn't have loops in it. Always fold it in half and lay that half on your horse's neck or just drape the whole thing.

Sometimes I drape the leadrope over MY shoulder and my horse will follow me, back up, turn, stop, and walk on without me doing anything. Just take caution as anything is bound to happen.

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post #4 of 7 Old 02-09-2012, 09:39 PM
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I ALWAYS require that all my horses can lead with just a rope over thier neck. It is a safety thing in case of an emergency. If you need to move the horse out of a situation right now, you may or may not have the time to go fetch a halter.

On a few really good horses who did not have a tendancy to go "Squirrel!!" and get distracted, I have taught to lead with just a hand under thier jaw. The first filly I did this with, I coudl walk her anywhere on the property and even load her in a trailer.

Both my current horses, inlcuding the one who came to us wild three months ago can be led with just a loose rope over the neck.
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-10-2012, 08:32 PM
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im wondering how thing would work at every barn I've ridden at your horse has to have a halter on at all times and if there out of the stall you must have a lead rope on them
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-10-2012, 09:52 PM
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Beware leaving the halters on. One of my favorite boys at the barn got his halter stuck on the stall door Monday, pulled the 10 foot door down and three bars out of the cinder block wall
And the blocks the bars were mounted in. Luckily he was not hurt, and the rule is no halters, it was an accident.
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-11-2012, 01:18 PM
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Like yadlim I've trained mine to be led by nothing more then a hand under their jaw. Actually started that to facilitate pasture catching (they don't see the halter and head for the hills because you want to ride) but it has become an invaluable training tool for me. Horses only worked with halter and lead tend not to listen without them on. Training them to lead without a halter allows me to move them around as/when needed without fetching their halter first. FYI, baling twine in your pocket works well too if you remember to keep it there all the time (I forget).
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