This is a lesson
for horses that do one or all of the following:
Pull back when
led, after they know how to lead
Does not move
when asked to lead
Has a temper
tantrum when tied
only does what they want regardless of your asking, which can also
be caused by lack of proper foundation training by the human.
Notice the horses are leading beside the pickup, and moving forward
freely at a walk, with the greatest amount of slack no matter the
situation. Horse on left dragging cans, and plastic tarp hung on
an attachment above the saddle. While horse on right is also walking
along like a human is leading him.
This is part of the 3
basics - resistance being useless. The horses is teaching himself. Every
action has a reaction. This does not mean that you do the below to teach
a horse to do beginning leading where a horse needs to understand what
you want. Remember this is advanced teaching of leading. This is a
lesson for horses that do know what is asked of them (leading), but do
not want to listen to you. Or a test to see how they listen
If you have not
taught any horse from the beginning this is not a lesson for you. Some
people do not understand the below method. These people are usually
people that have only been around pretrained horses or trained a horse
from birth. And do not know the rational behavior of a horse.
Some prefer to
torcher their horse with a chain under the chin or whips when the horse
does not lead. This fixes the problem for a short period of time, but
the horse continues to try through out the horses leading life. While
horses that were taught not to resist will not pull back again after the
lesson is taught. Verses the chain and whip where it may seem more
gentle, but calculate the time using the chain and whip resisting
through out the horses life verses the couple of lessons of teaching a
horse that resistance is going to get the horse nowhere and to never
have a horse pull back and/or have a temper tantrum again.
A person must also be
able to read the horse's behavior language. If one is not, the human can
mistake a horse's behavior for something it is not.
Say you don't have a
halter one day and he has been taught to lead. If you have a piece of
twine or something of that matter all you have to do is put that around
his neck and he will follow. then when he has that down you can put your
just take a hand full of mane and lead him. And when they know that all
you have to do is get them moving with the mane then let go and they
will follow you.
Now some of the
horses I do this with are really good about it and some are going to
throw as big of a fit as they can. It just depends on the horse.
When your horse decides to leave
the country with you still holding on to the lead he has one big
problem. And he knows that you are no match for him and says the heck
Your horse decides to pull away
with you still holding on to the lead, but wait he can't get away and
you are still walking. How in the world can this be happening the horse
thinks. The horse always won before. Why are you so strong all of a
sudden with no effort on your part?
Here is the thing.
He has another lead rope tied
around his neck. But what is around the neck would be something
fairly wide like a gunny sack and then the rope to tie it together
on the bottom.
Where does this 2nd lead line
go. It is tied to a slow/safe moving object that has the strength to
put up with everything that he is going to try to get away.
Do NOT attach the main lead
line to the halter. Halters break and if the halter is broke with
the horse winning (getting away) any time the horse does not want to
move or wants to go see his buddies he will do so easily.
In the winter time it is our feed
wagon when we are feeding cattle and in the other times it is the pick
up truck. There is no way that a horse can get loose or win. He is going
to throw a big fit if he has already gotten away with getting away from
you, because he isn't getting his own way temper tantrum).
Now make sure the moving object
is safe from things that could hurt him. And don't try this with a 4
wheeler. The horse can hurt you when the horse is throwing a fit.
The horse could careless about where you are.
Make sure you do this on softer
ground, like grassy field. So have someone drive the vehicle as slow
as it can go.
Preferably a 4 wheel drive vehicle
or a tractor vs. a 2 wheel drive, because it is geared lower and
moves slower. For those of you living in countries or areas where
there is no 4 wheel drive pick-up trucks (Chevy, Ford, Dodges) it is
hard to imagine. A pickup can go one mile a hour in first gear, four
wheel drive. Much slower than a person can walk.
Fix the horse up with the 2nd
lead rope and tie it so it is not to close to the vehicle (so he can
still move freely), but not so long that he can get a foot over the
You still have a lead rope on
him also. This is so he thinks that you are leading him entirely.
have enough lead line that you can be away from the horse when the
horse might throw a fit.
Now you are ready to for the vehicle
to start moving. First gear slow as it can go. Just casual walking.
Slower or same speed as if you were walking normally.
You walk with the vehicle so
the horse still thinks that you are leading.
When and if the horse decides
to make the move to get away from you the 2nd lead is going to get
tight and if the horse is throwing a big fit that might in some way
harm you throw your lead over the horses back and step away. The
horse could care less if you are there and won't watch out for you.
The horse has priorities and that is trying to get free and win.
Do not stop the vehicle when
the horse throws the fit. That's what the horse wants and the
horse wins again.
Just keep driving and go the
speed as if you were doing a faster walk, almost trot with your
When he is going to put on the
brakes and be a brat. The gunny sack around the neck encourages him
to step up. If you just put that lead snapped to the halter it is
just going to stretch out his neck and he won't be able to get his
body under himself again. And not to mention the halter will break.
The horses feet may move just
enough to go along, but won't move freely and the horse is pulled
tight against the rope.
The moment the horse gives and
the rope gets the slightest amount of slack and the horse moves more
freely slow to almost a stop/casual walk again.
That lets that lets the horse
know that "hey I quit fighting and now I am walking on my own
and its a heck of a lot easier than fighting".
But sometimes the horses
thinks" well I'll try it again. I know this person can't hold
me back after that fight". So they try it again, and the driver
goes in to a faster walk, almost trot again.
The horse catches on quicker
When the horse leads with the vehicle
good without fighting, then that is enough for that day.
Lead the horse around on your
own and you'll notice you'll have a horse with manors.
The next lesson period do it
again. See if the horse still remembers. If the horse does good go
back and lead him around by your self again.
If the horse puts on the brakes
then the horse has not learned. And the horse gets lead by the vehicle
and you by the horses side again.
When the horse is doing this
well move him into a trot with the vehicle and you will see that
when the rope gets even the slightest bit tight he will move along
with it and he will be trotting right beside the vehicle.
The horses I train are not halter
trained until they pass the test I give them. Either they will pull back
and learn their lesson or they don't pull back much and learn to go with
the flow quickly. It is all in the personality of the horse.