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Lead Ropes

The horsefriendly lead rope is an important tool for Natural Horsemanship. It is designed to be used with the rope halter primarily for ground schooling the horse. Effective ground school establishes communication and respect on the ground which carries over into horseback riding. Highlights and options which apply to all our lead ropes are detailed below. For more details and ordering information please choose one of the following links:

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Also available separately:
custom length classic stable braid lead ropes
snaps for lead ropes


Wrapping Instead of Tying the Lead

I don't tie my horses. I wrap the rope three times around a solid, smooth hitching rail with a large diameter. If my horse pulls back there is drag on the rope without anything solid to pull against. The horse feels resistance without being able to set back and really pull. I don't leave my horses tied for long out of my sight because they can pull the rope loose and wander off with the rope hanging down.

In preparation a horse must become accustomed to ropes around its legs so that it doesn't get frightened and run off with the rope whipping around. You can begin by allowing the horse to be free in a small space with the rope hanging loose. A Natural Horsemanship trainer in your area can help you with training your horse to give to the pressure of a rope around the leg.

My horse has avoided injury many times because she has been trained to move away from pressure instead of following her instinct to push into pressure. Horses trained this way are more likely to stand calmly and wait for help when they step into wire or other hazards instead of fighting and causing themselves injury.

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