RBEI MASTER COURSES: EQUINE MANAGEMENT: LEADING 4
HOW LEADING AFFECTS YOUR RIDING
The way you lead your horse and communicate with your horse during leading affects the way your horse will listen to you during riding.
If your horse is allowed to be pushy, rude and lean all over you disrespectfully on the lead, it will inevitably not feel the need to be obedient with you while ridden.
It is a common misconception that horses lead differently. Horses will lead as well as you lead and as you dictate.
All horses should be expected to be light on the lead, respectful of your space and move with you. However it is up to a handler to make sure this is and remains the case.
A horse can be light and obedient and then be led by a handler who grips the lead and leans all over the horse defensively. When this happens this horses will respond by leaning back, pulling back and ignoring the handler. He will also do this with every handler thereafter until it is pro-actively corrected again.
Leading a horse is very much about connecting with your horse and communicating with it, you should be patting and using your free hand more than you rope holding hand. It's all about talking and directing with a loose lead.
The lead is just there to adjust your horse as a backup then to let loose again. You should be directing him with pats, head movements, words, eye contact and a strong connection.
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