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"The Horse:  Friendship without envy,  Beauty without vanity.
 Nobility without conceit.  A willing partner, yet no slave."  Unknown

Any horse that you plan to lead outside of  his area (such as into the paddock area) must have a halter and lead.  Please be sure that you know how to put a halter on correctly before doing so.  Snap the lead rope on to the halter's bottom ring.
Always lead a horse on his left side (your right side will be touching his left).  Do not wrap the lead rope around your hand or arm.  Either fold it or loop it and hold the excess in your left hand.  You should be holding the lead rope lightly with your right hand.
It is not necessary to place a halter on the horse if you wish to move him from one place to another within his home area.  A majority of our horses are trained to move with simply a lead rope looped lightly around his neck.  If you are doing this, be sure to use a lead rope without a clip.  The reason for this is the clip end of the lead can hit him or if he startles, it can  hit you.
Do not ever leave a lead rope that is attached to the horse's halter dangling on the ground.  If he startles and runs, he can step on the rope, and cause injury to himself.  Also, do  not ever tie a lead rope to a tree, branch, post, or anything.  Simply drape it over one of those objects, or drape it lightly over his neck.
As you are leading the horse, stay away from the hindquarters of other horses!  Allow a good five feet between your horse and the other one.  If you are leading your horse through a gate, and someone else is parked there, please ask them to move the horse's rear end away from you.  Their horse may be eating something and perceive your horse as coming to take his food, and he will kick.  You do not want to be in the line of fire.
Lastly, if your horse takes off on you, LET GO OF THE LEAD!  Yes, he may injure himself, however, you could end up being dragged around the field or worse yet, stomped on.  Your safety is vital, too.

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Horse Protection Society of NC
2135 Miller Rd,  China Grove, NC  28023
(704) 855-2978
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