When I am putting a horse through the Bonder I don't really care which way it turns because I am basically presenting the horse with leadership actions and I want to do that as simply as I can.
I have noticed that you have hit on a nuance that I have overlooked.
As I said earlier, I simply do not care which way it turns during the connection work because I'm basically telling it, "Come into my space before you acknowledge I am the leader and there will be a major problem and I'm going to do everything I can to be it."
So if I ask for an inside turn and it comes close enough to reach me before it shows me leadership respect I do the lead mare thing, "Here's a set of teeth for you to think about! Do not come near me until you are showing me the respect I deserve!"
I have done the procedure so many times it is instinctive to me yet I am always learning.
You bring up a very good point.
For increased safety when bondering horses one should always use outside turns by cutting the horse off until you are reasonably sure the horse is listening to you.
While free longeing a horse who is compliant one may use which ever turn one wishes to use to polish communication. Inside turns are made by pulling the horse toward the center or drawing them in as you have pointed out. When the horse is committed to the turn toward you you move toward it which then causes the horse to complete the inside turn.
The most important thing is the presentation of herd leadership actions. I can't think of any way to do that short of physically conveying to the horse what you expect it to do. Each person really does that in a manner that feels right to them after they understand the reasoning. Talking really isn't needed to get the idea across. Does it hurt to talk to the horse? Absolutely not. Can you talk to the horse? Sure, whatever floats your boat.
You do the bonder once or twice while determined that you are going to be the leader and with an understanding of the concept, you can usually figure out your own style.
If you feel the need, or desire, to talk to the horse, do it. I only talk to the horse when there are humans around who need to know my thought processes. If there is no one around I very seldom verbally talk to the horse but we have this gushing two way conversation with neither making a sound.
I personally don't see any difference.
Whatever floats your boat. If you want to squeal, do it. I've heard enough horses do it and one needs to be horse like to be a herd leader.
Here is a well said thought by one of my FB Marv Walker Horses group members made during a discussion of this subject...
Yes, it does.
I am continually asked why I am not more demanding when it comes to "proper bonder form." Some gurus insist that you have to wiggle your fingers a set way while wearing a correct facial expression, your body has to be at exactly the right angle and so on. Bunk. I let people develop their own way of performing the bonder as long as they direct the horse to do what they want it to do and get the horse to obey the direction.
The essence of the bonder in a nutshell is this: You give the horse a series of directions you know you can get the horse to do until it says, "Whoa! This being is telling me what to do and I'm doing it! This being must be a leader. If this being is a leader, I must be a follower."
How or when or if you wiggle your nose is not important.
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