Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
As I said, different methods work better for different people, horses, and situations. I am also a fan of driving in circles. The key behind driving in circles or driving backwards is the work they have to do as a result of their behavior rather than the specific directions.
My horse is a rather low key fellow, so I was not so worried about him becoming too scared and going over backwards - so backing worked fine for him, but I could see that being an issue with some horses. In the few times he did it and I reacted, back was the best direction for us to go with me responding immediately. Circling is excellent also if you are in a good area - and actually better to really make them work :)
I am sorry I was not more clear about the "get in their face" comment. I did not mean it literally (I was on a long line for goodness sake). I am talking about getting real big, yes, maybe a little scary, and basically making your presence and authority very clear to them. Please stay clear of feet :)
This is why my posts are usually novels - if I do not clearly ariculate everything, there are misunderstandings about what was said. That will teach me to be less wordy :)