I'd like some advice on how to work on teaching the mare I lease to hook onto me.
When I was at the barn on Tuesday I had extra time after my ride so I unsaddled her and put her halter on and walked/trotted her in hand, then tied the lead rope around her neck and managed to get her to do the same thing! She would follow me at a respectful distance at a walk, and would pick up a trot when I started jogging (with a little bit of vocal encouragement). She stopped behind me when I stopped, and I noticed afterwards even in the barn she was keeping an eye on me and paying attention.
I know that that's not complete hooking on or anything, but I thought it was really neat and I think she enjoyed it as it's something new to her and it breaks the ordinary riding and sleigh-pulling. So I want to keep working on it and get her to legitimately hook on, and be able to send her off and everything!
What exactly should I do to accomplish that? Any tips and pointers would be much appreciated :)