Originally Posted by Saddlebag
A horse that is at liberty shouldn't be micro managed.
I find that the levels are set up assuming that people at level 1 & 2 are total beginners. So it is made easier for them to understand.
Also, as much as I love working at liberty, starting at it doesn't always work out well for each horse, seeing as they are just as different from eachother as we are. For horses that are afraid of people, yes it's great to start at liberty. For horses who have a mindset of 'totally ignore people or try to kill them' no it's not. There is a horse at our barn that has a punk attitude, is fearless of people, and has a total lack of respect for your space. Him I would want that lead rope there just for added reinforcement in case he tries to charge me or run me over. Most horses I love starting with at liberty though :)