I hate the Blame Game; but at a recent sorting (just practice, all of us beginners) I carefully singled out a steer, yay--then it was my turn to guard the gate.
And two came at me from one end, and the other gal was herding her steer along with a stray or two--yikes! Which bunch should I have tried to block first? It was a mess!
Anyway, the other rider was pretty mad at me for "turning away" from the strays that were on her side. "Never face away from the gate," she told me, or something to that effect. But I had two coming from the other side! What would real sorters do???
I think the person sorting should take some of the responsibility of guarding the gate-- at least not overwhelm her and her pony!