To start off, I'm very anti-whips in any context. But I do have a dilemma here where I'm wondering if a lunge whip might be helpful, while not being cruel. I am currently helping a lady at a small barn with a 3 year old Arabian because she took a spill that injured her back pretty good and can't work with him right now. So it is not my barn, nor is it her's. She just boards there. I've been doing join up in the round pen that is available there, but it is over-run with grass. Anees, the horse I am working with, ignored it at first and we made some good progress, but once he took a bite of that grass a few days later, I couldn't get him to really join-up with me again. The grass was too tempting even after they finally mowed it. I try everything I can with my body language, voice, and lunge line I can think of to cue him on, but he won't have it and if he moves, he kicks up his heals and throws his head, sometimes facing me as if he is considering running me over for not allowing him to eat his grass. He hasn't, but he squares off like he's thinking it or telling me to go away. Would using the lunge whip more as an extension of my arm with a little sound, not too crazy of a pop, be acceptable? I'd rather not use it, but it would be really beneficial for me to be able to join up with him and continue his training with that as a foundation. I'm just wondering if there is an appropriate way to use one that isn't threatening or anything, but might make him listen and ignore the grass more.