Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
If you can get your hands on an e collar, that would be better.
If she is dog or people agressive, or is very afraid of things you might encounter on the trails, no, don't do it. Her leash skills must be very good, and she has to be listeming to you as well.
Your horse has to be absolutely 100% good with ropes around its body, including the legs. If there is a chance your horse would panic with a rope, don't do it. Dogs, especially puppies, can easily get distracted and run to chase the rabbit etc, in a split second your horse has a leash wrapped under it belly, or around its legs.
I occasionally use a leash for very specific situations(crossing a road, agressive dogs) but for the most part she is off leash, wearing an e collar, just incase she needs correction. When she is on a leash, she walks by my horses side, with a relitively short leash. My dog is not dog or people agressive and has a very good recall.