Definition: A rope with a snap on one end, that attaches to the halter and used to lead and tie horses or ponies. Leads can be made of leather or synthetic materials and can be flat, woven, twisted or rolled. Lead ropes, or 'leads' as they're sometimes called, come in many different lengths. Most common are lead ropes between seven to ten feet, but they can be longer. Some have a chain between the snap and rope or leather.
Pronunciation: leed rope
Also Known As: lead shank, lead, shank
Examples:The girl snapped the cotton lead rope onto the pony's halter to lead it into the barn.