Think that your lead rope is connected to your horses feet not to their face.
I’m sure you’re thinking, what in the world is she talking about?
Your horse is your dance partner and if you stop they should stop. If you lead they should follow. No delay. If I create energy (I use the word bump) in my halter I expect that my horses feet move and responded immediately. Often I see people bump their horse and they throw their head up and react, but the feet don’t move. Then your horse ends up defensive because to them their feet are stuck so they feel trapped. If the feet always flow (follow) with the feel of the lead rope you will always have control of your horse. You loose control of your horse only when you don’t have a say in where your horse puts its feet.
1. Does you horse stop when you stop? Not you stop and they take three more steps and stop. No you stop they stop.
2. Does your horse turn right? Have you thought about turning right? Most people just go left and don’t think twice.
3. Does your horse back up if you do?
4. Does your horse stay out of your way or are you trying to stay out of his?
5. Can you keep slack in your lead rope and your horse matches your speed? If you go fast do they go fast if you go slow do they go slow?
6. If you tripped and fell would your horse run you over? Yeah seriously it happens so how respectful
Is your horse?
7. Could my two year old daughter lead your horse?
Hold your horse accountable all the time. Check this list often and practice all these things.