Originally Posted by faye
Yep, Its also the reasoon you never lead a horse from directly in front of it, it would have been so much worse if she had no warning and it went over her back!
Thank you for pointing this out, as this is another piece of advice that is being handed out by LaffeeTaffee right and left.
Leading a horse from in front of it, is both foolish and dangerous with certain breeds especially. That is why you never see Thoroughbreds or Saddlebreds led like that, or any hot blooded horse. If something panics them, or even catches their attention? They will be on top of you in a GA heartbeat. You lead at their throatlatch so you don't end up leading the funeral procession.
While I have gotten in more of habit of leading at long range with the QH at barn INSIDE the barn? I never do it outside.
In the first place, these are not my horses, but WP horses in training, of various ages. I am responsible for them when I have them in hand. I do not take any chances with them ever.
And at Saddlebred barn? If I had lead any from in front? Would have been dismissed. Those Saddlebred trainers don't put up with such.
And at Thoroughbred farm? You would have been wearing a horse if you led from in front. Nothing like a hot TB to make you take notice, add to that the fact that if ONE spooks? They all spook, no matter where they are...instant racetrack.
I also keep one finger extended along lead rope towards horse's jaw, so that if horse swings head towards me, or acts like it wants to get frisky, I can either lightly jab with fingernail, or make a knuckle with forefinger and bump with it to let horse know I'm watching it.
And as for the "wiggling line" advice to get horse to back? Also wrong. I call this WWJJWHACK! All it does is make something simple aggravating for the horse and anyone watching. For the life of me I cannot figure out why anyone came up with this.
Actually had fool argue with me about teaching backing...she said you NEVER touch a horse to get it to back...just WWJJWHACK!! She wants a horse to move when she picks up the lead.
Told her that would work really well with my Showmanship customers and Horsemanship customers horses....and could not WAIT to see trainer's face when I was pulling horse out of stall to WWJJWHACK!
My way works, takes no equipment of any kind and does not result in horse flipping head up to get away from the nutcase on the other end of lead.