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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