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MoodyMare2904

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Riding and leading....good idea?

Hi,

Hope some of you more experienced riders can help me with this.  Has anyone got any experience of riding one horse and leading another at the same time?

I have a TB mare and a 20 month old gelding that gets in to trouble if he is left on his own in the field.  I have only had him since August and have done lots of in hand work.  I would like to take him out with me when I ride my old and trusty mare but I don't know where to start.  What equipment should I have and what precautions should I take.

Hope someone can help!

 

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Sarah

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lhep

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lhep says:

Re: Riding and leading....good idea?

i did this with my old horse which was an ex racehorse so im sure he was used to it and we led my lil pony that i have, i also rode and lead my neice with my horse that i have now when she was still just a novice but i will only do this with shy because even though she is young she is sensible i couldnt do it with denver as he isnt very sensible and is a typical youngster. 

if you are goin to do this i would find somewhere secure that if your horse gets away he cant get onto a road or anywhere that could hurt him.  has he had a bridle on because im sure if you are leading a horse out long distance u are supposed to have a bridle on for better control.  you could maybes try going with someone else for extra security aswell.  hope this helps

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lrobson

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lrobson says:

Re: Riding and leading....good idea?

i ride and lead evryday for the people i work for and all the horses are very experienced. as suggested above i would do it in a secure area to start off with and with someone else. like it a school and then in a feild. i wouldnt suggest you go for too long od do too much because of putting to much pressure his joints. i also suggest you do it in a bridle. I would love to do it with my 3yr old as it would make it easier for me and something different to do. but at the moment she is rubbish to lead off the floor (has inproved though but still not perfect) let alone riding ad leading

What sort of trouble does he get into? in my opinion sometimes it does youngsters good to have time on there own. so they dnt become so attached to another horse.

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Happyglowie

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Happyglowie says:

Re: Riding and leading....good idea?

I have done it sometimes with Prin and Bertie, they are good together apart from when Bertie wants to play and tries to give Prin a nip - then she squeals!

Only thing I would say is keep the horse being led on the inside so that  you are riding between it and the cars. I think it's a good confidence giver to youngsters too.

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MoodyMare2904

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Re: Riding and leading....good idea?

Thanks for all your great advice.  I think I will try it but make sure that I have some help first.  He is used to a bridle so that is ok.  Our yard is on a quiet lane with access to byways within 200 yards so should be ok.

As to what trouble he gets in.... well he has tried to climb 5 bar gate! Got tangled in some fencing as he has tried to follow another horse....both times he didn't injure himself too badly but afraid of what might happen.  Perhaps that is my next post.....how to give confidence to a youngster so that he can stay on his own for a while?  Unless any one has any comments to give now, that would be great.

Sarah

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