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Whether you have one,two or more horses the fact is you will probably need to lead them on the road or at various sites at some point. When two horses are involved the easiest and safest way of managing this is to ride one and lead the other. This can be done with more horses however it is not recommended that more than one horse at a time be lead on the road while you are riding unless it is a controlled environment (as seen by the Royal Guards and some large racehorse yards). C ompatible horses Horses naturally want to stay together however they each have a personality of their own and are mostly accustomed to walking in front or behind each other. Some horses like their space so being close may upset them and cause them to lash out. To avoid this happening on the road you must first ensure your horses are compatible. Do they interact well in the field/yard? Is one more dominant or aggressive towards the other? Will they follow each other of their own free will should you need to let go of the one you're leading? You also need to consider sizes. Generally it is preferable that the smaller horse is the one to be lead as you will have more power over its head than you would a larger one. But the horse must not be too small or you may risk injuring its head, neck or back if it has to stretch up too much for a long period. The head of the horse being lead should be able to easily reach the ridden horses withers without having to hold its head up. W ill my horse lead? If you've gauged that your horses should work together well you then need to ensure the horse you intend to lead will do as it is asked. The horse being lead should only ever be on the left side of the ridden horse so it can be controlled fully by the ridden horses body. It should already lead without pulling back, grabbing at grass, rearing or spinning. T he Benefits Leading and riding has many benefits, including: Teaching a young horse or rider whilst having full control Exercising unbroken or un-ridable horses in different settings Moving two horses together so one is not left panicing at the stable or in the field Introducing a horse to a new environment safely that the ridden horse is already comfortable in R iding/Leading Advice When riding you should only ever lead one other horse unless in a controlled environment The horse being lead should always be on the left hand side of your ridden horse You should always consider the size of the roads you will travel on as narrow roads may not be wide enough to let traffic go past two horses You should go no faster than a trot when leading to avoid excitement. Also ensure the horse being lead/ridden can match the speed of the other horse When on a road you should only ever lead with a bridle Wear hi-viz and reflective clothing on yourself and both your horses The horses should also have ID tags with your I.C.E (In Case of Emergency)
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