How to Properly Lead Your Horse : How to Lead a Horse with a Chain


Hi! I’m Kelli on behalf of Expert Village.
I am going to show you my opinions and techniques on how to properly lead your house. If you
have a horse that is a little bit hard to handle or a little it excitable, one way that
you can lead them to get a little better control is to lead them with a chain line. So you
are going to put your chain through the little D-rings on the side of the nose band of the
halter and you can pull it through and pull it either over the nose or you can go under
the chin. I personally prefer over the nose. It is a little bit easier to handle. So we
are going to put it across the nose and hook it to the D ring of the other side of the
nose band. We are going to pull it back through the side so that it is a little bit tight.
You can see by pulling on this that it applies a little bit of pressure. So if she was getting
a little excited or she got started or she was tying to pull away from me, this applies
a little more pressure to the nose so I have a little bit more control. You always want
to make sure when you are holding a line like this, you are holding it not on the chain,
a little bit below the chain. Because if they were to startle or spook and pull away from
me, the chain could end of really injuring your hand or cutting you. You always want
to hold it down here. But you can see this just applies a little bit more pressure. If
for some reason she got a little bit excited, kind of check on it a little bit. It gives
you just a little bit better control. If you have a hors that is a little bit harder to
handle, it is a really great alternative for you to be able to have a little bit better
control to spare yourself and your horse from injury.


9 Responses

  1. jerbearyukon yukon

    October 26, 2008 8:06 am

    STOP STOP STOP…you need some horse training period. Control is in their head not on their NOSE you idiot.

    Change the halter to a rope halter and you wouldn't have to do any of this nonsense.

    How did you get on here. I agree with Jjgober. STOP posting these rediculous videos please and get some horsemanship first

  2. moorparkgirl

    November 9, 2008 11:33 am

    I saw someone do this at a dude ranch years ago.Horse was annoyed and was pinched by
    chain.You need patience with a horse,being
    calm,no chain!

  3. Olivia K

    June 17, 2009 3:23 am

    Argh! She kept pulling the horse's head toward herself and then shoving it away! The horse is way too good for her!

  4. Sara Nightfire

    November 10, 2010 10:15 pm

    I have worked with some horses that need the chains. One horse got so excited at a show that I couldn't control him to the point where he was pulling my arm out of it's socket in excitement. The chain over his nose stopped him from pulling that hard and it was a lot safer for both of us. The chain in some circumstances does give you more control.

    I have seen people abusing the chain and making the situation a lot worse. It's sad, but it's the owners fault more than the horses.

  5. MixR

    November 11, 2010 1:57 am

    Well when you work with a proud cut gelding that is 'in the mood' a chain can save your life. I've been in a few situations where I was pretty damn glad my horse had a chain on. We were in a show pen and my horse spooked at the announcer's stand and reared up, nearly flipping over, a good jerk on the chain and he calmed down immeaditly. Then again, I put it under his chin to work as his curb chain does. I'm also ran it though his mouth (which we have to do tto clip him) it's much safer

  6. Pixelliste63

    September 4, 2011 1:16 am

    When It is done properly (what we don't see here) and well used, it is not harmful for the horse. In this video, first, the halter is too large and too low on the nose so the chain can harm the tender cartilages of the horse's nose. Also, the snap should be attached to upper ring on the right side, not the lower one… Anthoner thing, you shouldn't pass the snap towards you on the left side but towards the horse. This will prevent the chain to get stuck too tight. Do your homework expertvillage!

  7. Antoine Hartley

    September 29, 2011 7:05 am

    I would not use a chain in that manner. You will almost certainly injure the horse's nose the minute you place any pressure on it or the horse tries to pull his head up. Watch this to remind you how NOT to do it. If you have a horse who is strong, use a bit and bridle

  8. Gingersnap27239

    October 25, 2011 4:10 pm

    @bluebird7962 i agree but if the horse Is lose DO NOT leave a bit and Bridle On and there are safe ways to use chains

  9. Heather Mancini

    October 24, 2013 9:05 pm

    If you google chain lead shank tragedy and read that article…. this is a dangerous method the rope halters with the knots placed on pressure points works better… will not allow me to post a web address here….


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