[QUOTE=Annanoel;2185361]...I actually had an EX-trainer use one and broke her horses teeth when the buckle hit...QUOTE]
This is a very important bit of info for us; thanks! I heard of another horse who got nerve damage under his chin from the "whanging", also, & read of a chiropractor who told a PNH student that the whanging caused her horse to have chiro problems in its spine, because the head raises & back hollows & hind legs stiffen, to back up via whanging. (Thanks to poster who priorly brought this up, too!)
So there we have 3 separate issues: teeth, nerve damage, & chiro problems, from backing the horse via whanging/phase 3-4 rope technique. (Really, there are 5 phases, 4 is whanging with one's whole arm side-to-side, then 5 is the sending of energy down the rope with a firm wrist flick to "clunk" on the horse's chin.)
Based upon these issues, I plan on eliminating high-phase whanging unless the horse is endangering me to the point where there's no alternative, for me at my present level of skill/development.
In place of the increasing phases for backing, is the teaching of the horse to follow the feel of your hand under his chin, guiding him in a soft, level-headed, unstrained way, such as Bill Dorrance shows in his book, "True Horsemanship Through Feel", & Buck also takes the time to teach the horse this, extending to the horse learning to keep a float in the line whatever Buck asks him to do (sidepass, hindquarter, forequarter, etc.)
Last edited by Northern; 04-10-2013 at 03:30 PM.