The best way that I have found to teach a young horse to lead is either to carry a buggy or dressage whip with you in your left hand. Have the horse on a halter with the lead rope in your right hand. Walk forward and apply pressure to the halter and if the horse doesn't move, then brush him on the butt with the whip. Make sure to reach around to the left so that your body is blocking his sight of the whip. The other way is just to stand with pressure on the halter and as soon as he moves forward (even if he doesn't take a step) release the pressure and reward. Keep doing this and it won't take him long to figure out that pressure on poll means move forward. Good luck and I am glad that he let you catch him easily.
Thanks! Ya just like SMRobs said! The rope halter utilizes pressure points on the nose and is very useful. Once they realize that if they move into the pressure (? I believe) that it is released, they start to put it all together. Sorry not explaining it very well. Foggy headed. I use a flat nylon sometimes, but if we need to brush up on groundwork or if im teaching him something new, I use the rope halter, you tend to have more control with it. It's recommended by most NH trainers.
I agree with sm about carring the dressage whip, or short crop. It just helps in the aid. I would stand facing forward shoulder to shoulder and lead in my right hand and end of lead or crop in the left and ask for the forward mostion with a tug and you moving, if no response, I give a little movement behind me toward the hind quarters with the end of hte rope or crop, but just slight or you might have him spook. REmember to urge start small and build up with what kind of response you get...no response, push a bit more/ask harder.
Today I went to get him from the field and he reared up and kicked me in the chest and he tryed every other time I grabbed the lead rope. So I went inside and got the louging whip and poped him every time after that when he done so. Then he got mad and started bucking alot so I made him run around the pin a bit and went back inside the barn then came out and got him and lead him back to the stall fine. Do you know of any other ways to help teach him not to do this?