It's not ok to let them get ahead of you one day because you're just letting them walk along and graze during free time and the next day expect them to stay in perfect position (you can eventually but you are not there yet so for now, for you, it's never).
This is one bad habit I had of mine. I would lead her one day expecting her in perfect position keeping up with my pace, then when I hand graze her, I give her tons of slack in the lead and when she roams for grass to new areas, I let her lead and get ahead of me.
NOW, I still give her lots of slack in the lead (cause from what a past trainer told me, when grazing your horse, you dont need to be standing right next to them as they need space too). Is this true? Can anyone confirm?
So I would give her lots of slack in her lead (Id say shes about 8-10ft from me) and when she wants to roam around, I quickly eat up the slack, tell her whoa, so I can get back to her side, have little slack in the lead, then lead her to where she wants to go.
Im not sure if this is the best way in going about it? Can you give me pointers? I have my doubts this is correct.
I have a hunch that I should not be giving her so much slack in the lead when shes grazing and that I should infact be standing right next close to her, so that when she wants to roam, I dont have to take a second or two to eat up the excess slack.
Use the same correction every time so that your horse has the opportunity to learn what that correction mes ans. You can't use a different one everyday in hopes that one of them will magically click with your horse and then she'll never do it again. Same goes for rearing, I'd smack the crap out of those legs while they were in the air with the lead rope but you have to do it during the crime in order for your horse to learn that is what it's being punished for. You cannot wait until they're back on all fours and then punish.
The good news is that I think (am confident anyhow) that I found a correction that works for her trying to get ahead of me while leading. I started it last night and will continue with it tonight and so on. One of the problems I have is that I give up on ques too fast. Just because I get a reaction from her that I dont want or im finding it doesnt work as well as I hope, i soon stop it and move onto the next method of correcting. Well Im confident this will work, I just need to be conistant with it every single time, every single day I see her.
I did gain some confidence lately because Ive been working with her on the past week on another habit of hers that I want to get rid of and ive been seeing results the past couple days. The correction method was one suggsted by a friend of mine. Because of this, I make sure i stay consistent each time so that she learns.