That's funny, and contradictory to what I've always been told and practiced. A horse is supposed to lead at your shoulder, that way if it spooks it doesn't plow you over. Not to mention my mare would come unglued is someone hit her in the face with a clip on purpose. Linda would be picking herself up off the ground after Lady took off backwards dragging Linda with her. Lady has been hit in the face with a clip (by accident) because she tossed her head just right while working on ground manners, and the clip flipped up and popped her one. She ran backwards so fast that I couldn't keep up, I had to drop the lead rope to keep from being pulled off my feet. As soon as she calmed down, she came right back to me. The sad part is we were working on about a 25 foot lounge line, and she was about 15 or so feet out with enough slack in the line that it was just barely off the ground. Needless to say she doesn't toss her head around like that anymore. She's always been real sensitive to pressure on her face, but when she gets spooked, all bets are off, and that clip hitting her spooked her. Normally she is very quiet, and doesn't spook at anything. She can be high strung, but for the most part now, her spooking consists of her turning to face whatever it is that spooked her and staring at it. That hasn't always been the case, but it is now, with the exception of my husband of course. She's terrified of him for some reason that I can not figure out, but that's another story!