Originally Posted by whispering willow
but you shouldn't want them to be scared of the whip?...but I don't use a whip, I use the other end of the rope and swing it in circles.
NO! NEVER use fear as a training tool. They should not be afraid of anything. They should understand it as an extension of your arm. A willing, well trained horse will respond to a whip better than one who is afraid.
Using the other end is just fine, it works too, with a trained horse. You may want to get a whip (I use a dressage whip) and use it just as an extension of your arm, to keep them moving in the proper direction. It gives more control and stronger cues to stop the silly stuff.