Use a Hal­ter

Horse & Rider - - Trail Insights -

Never lead your horse by the reins; the bri­dle’s head­stall is de­signed to put pres­sure on his mouth or poll to lever­age and steer from his back. This same setup is un­wieldy for lead­ing from the ground. A head­stall can also come off or shift as you lead your horse through a chal­leng­ing part of the trail.

In­stead, use a trail hal­ter. A light­weight rope hal­ter with a long, thin lead rope is easy to pack in your sad­dle­bag, even if you’re only on a day trip and have min­i­mal gear. A trail hal­ter cor­rectly places pres­sure to cue your horse to lead and is fa­mil­iar to him.

Never lead your horse by the reins; in­stead, use a trail hal­ter, which cor­rectly places pres­sure to cue him to lead and is al­ready fa­mil­iar to him.

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