A horse lead lines (also called a lead rope or training line) is used to manage a horse during daily activities when the animal is not bridled for riding. It is a flat rope that is usually made from cotton, nylon or leather. The handler leads the animal using the end of the lead attached to a halter or headcollar. Leads can be a variety of lengths and styles and may include a chain at the end, a carabiner hook or a panic snap.
When choosing a horse lead rope it is important to consider the handing technique and level of skill required for your specific needs and to select a material that will be appropriate for your horse’s temperament and size. A light lead line is ideal for a well-trained, calm horse that understands and responds to basic commands. A heavy lead line is best for horses that need more control and a firmer grip to keep them from wandering off or escaping.
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Some people like to use a panic snap on their lead lines, as this type of snap releases instantly when pulled and may prevent injury to the animal or handler in case of an accident. Others prefer a simple bolt snap for a more stylish look that is still quick to release.
If the lead is spliced, it can be quickly attached to a halter or other equipment and can also be remade with a new end in the event of damage or breakage. Some people carry a sharp knife in their tack or on them to be able to cut a lead if needed.