How do you lead your horse? Most of the time we grab the rope right below the halter. For example, when we go the grooming area or field. Especially when they are a bit fresh. I did this for years. It gives you a sense of control and safety. Time to let you know it is a false sense of control and safety. It actually can be very dangerous and to be honest, you have less control.
If your horse decides to rear and you stand so close, you can be pulled off your feet if you are not quick enough, and he can land on you. Or if he decides to jump to the side because a Pokémon decided to show himself, he will push you over. Or races of, you will be off balance. Horses will remain flight animals, always. We can teach them a lot, but in the end, you have to work with your horse as safely as possible.
Why do we do it, why do we grab the rope so close to the halter. Because we learned it that way. It is done for ages. While there is a much better, and safer, way that allows you to communicate with your horse in their own language.
So, you might be wondering how to do that right? How do you lead your horse in a safe way, that allows you to communicate with them in horsey lingo and gives you more control? You do this by using a leadrope and teaching your horse about personal space. That way you can lead your horse by 1, or preferably 2, meters behind you. When something happens there is ample of space between the 2 of you for you to react safely to the situation. When you have done this a million times and your horse has progressed in his training, you will see a long normal rope will be sufficient. But my advice will always be, look at your horse closely, and look what he needs at that specific moment.
Since I am using the leadropes, and learned the technique, on my young horses and new horses whom I still need to figure out, I am experiencing so much more control and peace of mind. The other day I used a normal rope, I thought it would be possible, he spooks and decides to take off. With the leadrope I would have been able to give some slack before making him turn and stop. But with the short rope that was not an option, so I needed to let go. With his 500/600 kilos he wins, flat out. So, 9 out of 10 times I grab the leadrope, mainly because I want him to stay out of my personal space (he is wood horse that tends to be dominant) and there is always a lot going on at the stable. In that case whenever he decides something is scary, I can assess at a safe distance what to do. Ignore or correct. I always decide what to do depending on the situation and where we are going. What is the safest way for both of us.
Do you want to learn how to do this? Contant me for a training session. Because I want everyone to be able to lead their horse safely, I have a discount for you. When you book a training during February you get an hour training for 50 instead of 75 euro. Give me a call, send me an email or text to book the training.