I do kind of my own thing. I never get behind the horse because then I'm in a line of fire from their rear end. I never get infront of the horse because then they can go backwards and drag me. I have my hand holding the lungeline in an "open" position (away from my body, think Dracula's cape) . I have my lunge whip in the other hand, pointed just behind their hip, my chest is open and facing the horse's hip). That usually is enough. If the horse begins to back up, I do not let up on the pressure, I follow their motion, not changing anything until they go forward. Then I bring my lunge whip to the "off" position at my side or behind me and allow them to move forward.
Now if this is a dangerous horse, I do this so I don't get an aggressive response (which has worked for me so far with all of the horses I've handled) and if the horse is a little more introvert and nervous, this method works well in giving them the clear answer (forward removes the pressure of the lunge whip).
But again, I'm not a trainer. I just do what I feel makes most sense for the horse and myself. I don't want either of us in a dangerous situation.
"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
Last edited by Skyseternalangel; 06-20-2012 at 08:58 AM.