I made my comment because you were speaking as if I didn't know what I was talking about, not to be snarky.
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I have strong beliefs when it comes to training horses. I've seen a lot and done a lot when it comes to different training methods. Ignorance can be expanded not only to those who abuse tools, but to those to appose them based on rediculous assumptions. It'll take a lot more than a couple smacks from a whip to hurt or ruin a horse. In the end, a well timed smack can make a huge difference. That is when a whip can effectively be used. When a rider is whipping and kicking excessively, is when a rider needs to take some horsemanship lessons. That way, they can feel what they are doing to their horse when they strap on those equitation spurs and jab away.
Okie dokie... off my soap box. In the end, folks will do what they want to do.