11-29-2009, 11:35 PM
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I think I understand what you are asking. I guess the correct question to ask is how much handling has the 3 yr old already had? Are we talking wild, never been handled, never had a rope over its head? Or has it had some handling, worn a halter, had some experience with people?
If it was the former, well you are starting from the very beginning, leading and tying are the least of your worries - getting a rope around it's neck first would be favourite! If it is the latter then I would be working off the assumption that the horse has learnt to yield to pressure on some level ie has fought a rope and lost at some point earlier on so would be ready to begin leading and then tying.