Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
As long as they aren't directly behind me or more than a foot nose/my shoulder, I don't have an issue with it.
I ended up with a horse that will speed walk up to my shoulder if I "leave her behind" on a loose lead while she's still*turning around or such. Her nose is parallel to my shoulder/arm and in line. Which I both like and dislike. Instead of just having room to do what I need to while holding her, I have to physically turn around and have her stand or she'll crowd and come right up to my shoulder. With ST, if I let her lag behind when we started leading, that's how she stayed. If I started with her at my shoulder, that's where she stayed. I loved it. Personally, if you know the horse (I knew ST wouldn't dare jump into me because she knew I'd beat her backwards to the other end of the field) and both the horse and you know the route, I see no harm. In a new place, I'd rather the horse be at my shoulder so that my lead can be shorter if there were to be an issue.
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