chasin the dream,
My problem with that advice is that a chain shank across the nose tends to make horses back off *more*, not less. It's what I use if I have a very bold, forward horse, not a balky one. If I have a lazy horse that tends to lug and make me pull him along, I might put a chain under their chin, but the OP described this horse as a bit of a chicken that balks and pulls back.
I can't think of any way a chain shank wouldn't make that worse. Disciplining a fearful horse with pain is a recipe for disaster.
I don't have a problem with using this particular tool, but I have a big problem with using it on the issue the OP described.
So, kevinshorses might have been sarcastic, and I understand that you're now defensive. Let's not let the two of yours argument distract from the discussion. Maybe there's some part of your training philosophy we're all missing.
Last edited by maura; 01-22-2010 at 11:10 PM.