AFTER ALL THE STEPS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED:
Be sure that the loops around the horse’s neck are not big enough for a hoof to get through if the horse should lower his head to the ground, nor should the loops be so loose that they are able to come off over the horse’s head. The easiest way to prevent this is to either shorten the reins before you start or simply tie another half-hitch or two to snug it up a bit—not too tight, of course.
WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEAD ROPE END OF THE MECATE:
There are two options of how to secure the lead rope end while riding: You can either tie it around the horn or push it up through your belt loop. To tie it to the horn, you will make a series of half-hitches until the rope hangs down about even with the horse’s knee. This will leave it long enough for you to use the end of it, but short enough to avoid the horse stepping on it.
To use the second option, bring the lead rope around the right side of the pommel of the saddle, then up to your left hip. Make a loop and push it up between your belt and jeans, from the bottom, so that the loop hangs over the top. Always put it past the second keeper of your jeans to keep it from falling out. It will stay in place while riding, but will come out easily if pressure is applied, making it a safe option.