How NOT to hold a lead rope

Updated: Nov 26, 2021

Holding a lead rope incorrectly can cause serious injury if the horse reacts quickly.




When holding a lead rope it is essential that the handler layers the lead rope rather than wrapping it around their hand. People have lost fingers by wrapping the lead rope around their hand.

It is also important to note that the excess rope should be in the handlers left hand, in order to control the horse with the right hand. Leading a horse is always done on the horses left side, as with all other tasks, like mounting, doing up a halter, bridle, girth, blankets, etc.


Safety should always be on the forefront of every handlers mind. Don’t put yourself in a situation where if a horse reacts quickly, you will be injured. When it comes to holding a lead rope, never wrap it around your hand.


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