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What do you do when your leading a horse and he spooks/rears/bucks?

    Lilly
    Posted 3 months ago

    First stay calm. If the horse senses your fear he will freak out more. Then just back away from the horse and keep facing it, don’t turn your back on it. Stay calm the whole time and out of its way.

      captobvious52
      Posted 3 months ago

      As said earlier stay calm. If you get spooked the horse can feel it and he will stay tense. When he does act up stand still and talk reassuring to him and pet his neck until he is calm.

        1/4bu.
        Posted 3 months ago

        o k froggygirl: safety first . Try to consol the horse by scraching the mane like it’s mother did when it was a baby, just forward of the withers. this should calm it down . Take the horse slowly to the source of the spook,reassuring the horse that it is alright and harmless to it. and let it see that it is safe and harmless to the horse As to safety first lead it by holding the leadrope closely to the chin and at nearly arms length. speak softly be gentle and not nervous yourself.

          gracie
          Posted 3 months ago

          Make soothing noises and walk slowly and encourage them on.

            mudpuppy
            Posted 3 months ago

            DO NOT hold them under the chin! get them a rope that allows for at least three feet or more from their nose. a rope that’s 12 feet long is the best. When a horse freaks out they cannot be in your space, and they need their own to move in. the best way to get hurt is to let them run you over, and the second best is to stop them from moving.

            also, horses can take care of themselves. most likely if you give them room to move their feet, you’ll find that they’ll be okay. but, don’t be afraid to LET GO! if the horse is panicking and kicking or striking, it’s not worth it to hang on.

            in the end, get a longer rope and get good at letting a horse move their feet when they need to without being dragged around.

              hunter_handsumfriendly
              Posted 3 months ago

              I would use a lead rope with a chain that way you can keep the horse under control easier.

                Tab
                Posted 3 months ago

                You should take them out one each at at time seperate and make sure you have a stud chain on their halter so you have full control over the horse and it has pressure on it’s nose so you can control it easily without getting hurt, spooked, stepped on ect. Or if you don’t like that idea, take a bucket full of grain and take each horse out one by one the same way.

                  lotsalops96
                  Posted 3 months ago

                  Common sense in leading first off is to be sure you are using the proper equipment and are in a safe area/distance from the horse.
                  A proper fitted halter and at least 8′ of lead rope is best.
                  Never wrap the rope around your hand. The length of the lead from you to the horse should be about an arms length. It is okay to hold the rope close to the chin of the horse, usually hold with your right hand just under where the snap is and walk at his shoulder. Talk to the horse as you walk him, especially when you know there is a particular “scary” area/item that will spook him. This will offer you the best control to prevent spooking in the first place.

                  When a horse spooks by rearing or pulling back, keep the rope from tangling in the legs. If he gets his legs over the rope, let go of the rope. Otherwise, try to keep a bit of slack and gently do a “pull/release” of the rope to get him to get all feet on the ground. Talk quietly, never shout.

                  Don’t take offense, but if you are not comfortable or knowledgeable enough to handle horses, you are putting yourself and the horse in danger. You need to have someone spend time with you showing you the proper ways to handle a horse safely and confidently.

                    j_smoocha
                    Posted 3 months ago

                    Talk to them low and quietly, not in a loud perky voice but a calming one. This may sound silly but it really does work, when they hear your voice and feel your hand on their neck it calms them down. Also, if they spooked at something, take them back to the place where they spooked and to the specific thing they spooked at. Walk them slowely up to it still talking to them until they are (or almost are) touching that particular thing. If it’s something you cannot get close to such as a moving tractor or something behind a fence, let the horse look at it until he is calm again.

                      thoroughbred_chick_123
                      Posted 3 months ago

                      I bring in young horses from a field all the time, so this happens to me about once a week. I use a chain whenever i suspect one of the horses is going to be a problem. You should look up how to properly use a chain, since one used poorly can cause serious damage. I would explain it to you, but its kind of hard to in writing. Anyway, then when i get the horse and am walking with it, i keep my elbow in their neck, like stick your right elbow out into the neck. I know it sounds weird, but it keeps them away from you, and if they are going to jump towards you, you will feel it in your elbow, and you will have time to get out of the way. Ive never had a horse land on me while i was using my elbow, it works.The best tip i can give you is to watch their body language. By doing this it becomes very easy to see a spook ahead of time, and think of a way to avoid being hurt. If a horse does spook while your walking, keep them around you by not letting the lead go slack. If you just let the horse ” freak out” around you, it would be very easy for the horse to kick you. You have to keep them facing you. If they swing their hind toward you, immediately push them away by putting your hand onto their hip. The goal is to keep them away from you while they panic. The only time you should let the lead go slack is if the horse is going to rear. just let it run through your fingers, and make sure your out of the way of their front legs. My friend actually had some of her scalp ripped off because her horse reared and struck her in the head with a front hoof. If a horse bucks while your leading it, as long as your near their face, you really dont need to worry. And like everyone else has said, use a calm voice and a gentle pat.
                      PS. You have to differentiate between spooking or playing. My horse will sometimes just buck for no reason when i lead her because shes in a playful mood, and thats when you have to punish them a little. its not safe or proper for a horse to do that when your so close to them. I usually yank on the chain a few times, or say loudly ” Hey”. Its easy to tell the difference. A horse that spooks has a worried expression on their face, and will sometimes snort.

                        Lily L
                        Posted 3 months ago

                        if bucking get conrol of the head, but not under the chin. they cant easily walk forward and buck at the same time. keep walking like nothing has happened satay calm and leas then past it and pat them on the neck keeping a hand stoking there neck to reassure them that you are there and talk to them. if rearing they are revealing there belly which is there weakest point, stay away front there front feet go off to the side keep contol of the sead and wack then a good one in the about 10 inc. behind where girth would be. they will come down and keep walking like nothing happened. if they are just spooking stay calm and lead them through it talking to them (llike if they were bucking)

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