Leading a Horse
Question: How easy is it to lead a horse?
What if they are bigger horses...such as drafts?
Answer: Think of a horse as a big dog. Hell
follow you. I use the "walk" and "whoa"
commands when leading, or a clucking sound for
walk. Any horse that wont stop immediately
(not two steps later) gets a "retraining
session" with the chain over the nose to
get his attention. If youre in a situation
that calls for an immediate stop, a horse that
stops two steps later may put you in a situation
where you seriously injured.
Again, horses follow you, and you should always
walk on their left side, just as you should always
mount from that side. If you move left while leading,
hell follow. If you go right, pull the lead
back and to the right. The horses head should
be beside you, the body behind. For horses who
like to crowd you (bump into you while you walk),
put a short nail in your fist and let him run
into your hand. After being "bitten"
once or twice, hell quit! It isnt
cruel, really. Its a very humane way to
teach an animal that can crush you into a wall
to keep his distance.