Originally Posted by ErikaLynn
That's true, I'm not a fan of dressage whips, though. You can't really get a good whack from them. I also don't like how they drag along the side of the arena when you're going around on the rail. (I think that is just an Erika problem though).
When I use a whip, I don't want to whack my horse with it. Why? Because it interrupts the horse's movement, possibly the way you ride too as you'll have to change your position. The horse will tense up and its noticeable. If I use a crop, whip which ever I want to use the lightest of touches and get a response from it, not smack the horse with it.
Also, if its catching the side of the arena, you need to tuck it in more with the position of your wrist.