Originally Posted by GoAppendix
Well if your horse is a complete jackass on the ground, more power to you and your figure eight.
My horse was a jackass on the ground til that problem was fixed, but it's more that I have worked with a lot of horses I didn't know from a bar of soap (plenty of them overfed WBs and stereotypically nutty TBs) and I wasn't willing to risk my hand
Especially as I am unable to work (and therefore earn money) unless both my hands are fully functioning. Better to be safe than sorry! I can understand it with show horses but really, unless you're in a situation where you have to (either for show practice or in a show) then you're best off doing a figure-eight.