Originally Posted by Cordillera Cowboy View Post
Everyone seems to have a different preference. Many experienced folks are adamant in where they want the horse to be positioned. Most of the horses I deal with are green or problem cases. I want their head at my shoulder, where I can read them.
I had no idea what Willownightwind was talking about until I saw the photos. That is basically the technique that I use. One poster mentioned holding the lead "no more than 6 inches" from the halter. I give them more line than that, but it will vary with the horse. I'm a small guy. That extra slack in the lead gives me a bit more oomph if I need to shake or jerk the line to get the horses attention back to me.
That would be me. I'm 5'3" lol.
Typically (esp with the taller horses I usually work with) I give a lot more lead. Especially with a nervous horse to utilize more room in the lead. So for day to day I usually do it your way, sometimes with one hand, sometimes with the horse trailing behind, 5 feet of lead, etc when I don't care about room or a longer lead when I DO need room.
But if I'm working with a horse that really needs "holding" I will hold closer to the head. For a horse that wants to walk behind they can't do that on a long lead. I think it's often very easy to teach them leading positions without any "training" just by how you hold them and walk.
For the OPs situation I think it's important to hold the horse "properly" and will stand by what I said, though no, in day to day work I typically do not do that, but I am experienced and working with different horses the OP is.
This thread is pretty o/t. It doesn't matter how you lead, the important thing is the horse stays where you want him, the OP wants to know how to do that both for her and the horse.