Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Generally, since I'm the only one with a reliable trail mount, I keep a lead (nylon or rope halter under my bridle) run through my actual belt. If I were to come off, she'd most likely shy away and/or trot off, but with the resistance of the lead she'll stop and stand.
With the "get down" rope, I can hop off in a hurry without trying to bring my reins over her head if I need to get to somebody that's on the ground. While she won't lead at my shoulder, she'll stay a safe distance behind me so she doesn't step on anyone or anything.
Though, I'd she were to run off after I fell, the lead wouldn't be tied to anything on me, only drawn through, so I wouldn't be drug very far, if at all.
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