Thanks! Ya just like SMRobs said! The rope halter utilizes pressure points on the nose and is very useful. Once they realize that if they move into the pressure (? I believe) that it is released, they start to put it all together. Sorry not explaining it very well. Foggy headed. I use a flat nylon sometimes, but if we need to brush up on groundwork or if im teaching him something new, I use the rope halter, you tend to have more control with it. It's recommended by most NH trainers.
I agree with sm about carring the dressage whip, or short crop. It just helps in the aid. I would stand facing forward shoulder to shoulder and lead in my right hand and end of lead or crop in the left and ask for the forward mostion with a tug and you moving, if no response, I give a little movement behind me toward the hind quarters with the end of hte rope or crop, but just slight or you might have him spook. REmember to urge start small and build up with what kind of response you get...no response, push a bit more/ask harder.