IF I have stopped and given the 'okay' for her to drop her head and graze, I don't have a problem with it...it's in allowing them to drop their heads when they want to that I see it as an issue. Just because they stop doesn't give them 'free will' to graze...I choose to drop the reins, and I choose when to pick them up and move on. It's the same with when I hand graze...I choose where and when they can put their heads down, they don't snatch the lead rope from me.
I think it is rather convenient to be able to do that on long trail rides...I figure I stop to snack, so I will let my horse grab a few bites too.
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 08-30-2010 at 10:42 PM.