Originally Posted by Palomine
And whoever had the idea of jiggling/wiggling/hitting a horse in the head area to get them to back up, had that rope tied around their neck, with other end lashed to tree limb, so I could kick the chair out from under them.
I think that it's not so unusual to use a wiggle of the rope to signal to a horse to back away from the pressure. Initially, it may be a wiggle, and it maybe be big enough to hit the horse under the jaw (why I don't like using hard metal hardward there), but the horse will learn to back up soon well before one has to wiggle the rope enough to hit his head. It's training. You use as little as possible and as much as it takes to make a change, then go back to asking with as little as possible. Right?
I imagine you mean it metaphorically speaking, but the hanging comment is really in bad taste.