I had learned, somewhere along the line, that when cinching your darling that it is best to have your butt facing the horse's head so that you can keep an eye on what the back legs are doing - this is for safety.
However, a few years ago I thought that maybe it would be better to have your head facing the same direction as the horse's head with your butt facing his back legs - thinking that maybe, if something bad was to happen, it would be better to get kicked in the butt than in the head.
|Head facing back legs|
|Butt facing back legs|
Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated -