Originally Posted by Dock
My horse is not exactly broke to ride. But you can ride him while some ones leading him. Is this a good idea? Will it effect him later on when we teach him to ride with no one leading him?
It is a good idea with a new horse, or a new rider on a broke horse. In either case the rider should have control with a bridle and reins in hand, and the leader with a lead rope. I find it especially good for broke horse and green rider...so they get to learn how to control the horse and get to feeling comfortable. My horses are a little spunky so I feel better having the lead. A horse will still look to you as their comfort zone with you standing close by, and won't get so antzy with the new rider on.
Even when I'm riding with a new rider on two horses...us each having our own horse (both my horses), the horse with the new rider won't go in front of me. They still feel safer with me in front. Until they get comfortable with new leadership.
Anyway, my two cents worth. Maybe a little unrelated.