Equipment for the horse – You need a good fitting halter, headcollar or bridle. Ideally the one you have ground worked your horse in. Make sure you have a lead rope that is in good working order. If you are going onto the roads an essential is hi viz for your horse.
Equipment for you – Non slip, with good grip on the soles sturdy foot wear. Gloves are great for protecting your hands. And a hard hat is wise. If you are going onto the roads an essential is hi viz for you.
Insurance – If you are venturing out it is essential to have adequate insurance cover, minimum is third party insurance.
Holding the rope – Folds in the rope not coils. If your horse pulls away and you have a loop or coil of spare rope it will quickly tighten around your fingers. And broken fingers are very painful.
Have your horse walk beside you. That way you are able to see what is going on. If your horse is behind you, you haven’t got eyes in the back of your head.