Teaching a horse to lead properly?
Soooo this new foster horse of mine, she knows how to lead in the "you walk somewhere near the person you're attached to and probably follow them when they move" sense but she really doesn't know how to lead properly.
I'm going to get her into a rope halter tomorrow (she had been in a nylon one) and hopefully that'll make a difference, but any tips or tricks would be super helpful.
The last horse I "woke up" to leading, I was instructed to do it in a way that I feel would be detrimental to this mare (relatively unhandled, very sweet, just doesn't know much of anything) - that last time I was supposed to swing the lead rope around in a fast circle next to me so the horse got smacked hard when she charged ahead. Since this mare really doesn't know what the right thing is, I feel like bringing out the "big guns" (aka any sort of smacking/yanking) would be presumptive.
From what I saw today, her main thing seems to be charging ahead and only stopping when there is zero slack in the line (no respect for the halter).
I'll obviously play around tomorrow to see what works best with her, but ideas would be helpful.
She seems to be a very bright, good natured, lil Arab mare so I have no doubt that once she understands the right thing, she'll do the right thing.
Ideas/suggestions/tried and true methods?
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Rest peacefully, Lacey.