While there is a physical connection with the halter and lead, there is no leadership connection. The horse has the mechanical advantage and is pulling away from her while there is no mechanical advantage in her arm position. He is playing with her. Using a halter and lead is much more than the physical connection. It is the mental connection, the expression of leadership, the proactive positioning to establish an effective connection and the anticipation of what might go wrong and preempt that. This turned out well because he loved the contents of the tube but it could have easily gone badly with an injured person, a loose horse or both.

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