How To Lead a Horse

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hi my name is Emily Bertrand and today

we're gonna talk about how to properly

lead a horse we're gonna use our model

here Rory he's a chestnut thoroughbred

owned by Emma Delano

so Rory has his halter on and the lead

rope is attached to the halter we're

about ready to go but first things first

we have to make sure we're holding the

lead rope properly we take our right

hand and we're gonna place it under the


we never place it on to the snap because

if the worst were to move away or make a

sudden movement we could accidentally

unclip the horse we wouldn't want a

loose horse so just below the snap with

my right hand and then my left hand we

coil up the lead rope this way but we

don't want to do is wrap it around our

hand because one we could break our hand

and two you never know if something

happened we could get dragged by the

worse it's very dangerous

so we take the lead rope we're just

gonna fold it up inside of our hand this

way put my right hand under the snap and

we're good to go

so we're about to take Rory out of the

stall because we're going through a

doorway I'm gonna approach the doorway

make sure I open it nice and wide waits

for me I'm gonna go through the doorway

first you never want to go beside your

horse and get stuck or pushed up against

the wall and you don't want ever to let

your horse go ahead of you

noise control so I'm gonna go first and

then he's gonna follow okay so we saw

that when we lead a horse through a

doorway that the leader always goes

first and then the horse follows behind

otherwise when we're walking around and

leading our horses there's a better

position to be in we don't want to be

walking ahead of them so we're gonna

stand between his head and his shoulder

and we're gonna stand elbow width apart

that way if your horse were to push into

you you could push him off you by using

your elbow horses respond to pressure

and release a pressure if he got too

close I'd give him a little elbow so he

removed out of my space

we also would never want to get our feet

stepped on so I'm gonna leave him and

under the snap I've got my lead rope

he'll properly in my hands I'm gonna

look forward where I want to go I'm

gonna stay between his head and shoulder

and I come on



so what do you do if your horse starts

dragging you or pulling you or doesn't

want to move we want to apply pressure

and release a pressure this is how

horses respond to us it's how we

communicate with them so if my horse

let's say is trying to drag me that way

Rory wouldn't because he's such a good

boy I don't want to be pulling against

him because if he's over here and I am

pulling and pulling he'll just pull into

me more it turns into a tug-of-war you

never want that to happen so if a horse

pulls you you can't beat him he's 1,200


you don't want to pull against him what

you're gonna do is you're gonna have a

squeeze release squeeze release this

will get their attention get them paying

attention to you and responding to you

it can be sharper and stronger if you

need to if the situation were to

escalate the horse was really pulling

you that usually doesn't happen but it

can but we want to squeeze release

squeeze release same as if we want to

walk for and he doesn't want to move I

don't want to stand in front of him and

pull him because he'll never follow us

we want to stand with him between his

head and shoulder and I'll be here I can

hook and as this give a little squeeze

release and tug on the lead rope if I

need to