Originally Posted by wild_spot
I like to let them graze with their leadrope trailing. Similar concept, less stressful situation. If they do freak out, doesn't take them long to spy another juicy bit of grass and put their head back down!
We do it in a rope halter and 12 foot yacht rope lead.
I do the same thing. After a ride, I put the lead on the ground and let the horse graze while I hose him down. If he steps on the lead and tries to jerk his head up, he figures it out soon enough and goes back to grazing.