im sorry but i dont accept the my horses was beaten/was abused/was a rescue reason for not being able to carry a crop, but thats just me. it is VERY easy to carry a crop and not use it !
Just wondering... Have you ever tried tapping a big muscle filled off the track thoroughbred to get him to go forwards? -That doesn't end well, I know that from experience, and when he couldn't gallop, he bucked, and I mean he really
went off his nut, ever since I stopped riding with that whip he's been excellent and he's only just been 15 months off the track where he won 4 races.
While in general yes I agree it is very easy to carry a crop and not use it, there are circumstances (IMO) where you can very easily accidentally use a crop also. For example say your horse spooks and you lose your balance(pretty common
), the last thing your gonna be thinking at that very moment is "Must not touch horse with whip" -well if your me anyway.
-and I tried out a mare one day who was pretty lazy, but the owner showed me scars and lumps which were from a stock whip, they beat her for no reason, and you couldn't get near her with a whip anymore. No amount of trust/training/desensitizing was going to let you get on that horse with a whip, which was a shame because she was a really lovely horse, but if something flicked beside her (like a whip being used by a rider on a different horse) she would go nuts.
--Btw, not at all meaning my post to be rude if thats how it come off (Suppose thats a downside on computers) just showing my view of this seeing as every person will have a slightly different view.