Do horses know when you're carrying a crop?

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    06-05-2012, 01:32 AM
Do horses know when you're carrying a crop?

This is going to sound so weird, but I am honestly curious.

I got my horse about a month ago, and he has been hideously buddy sour. We could still go riding, but he's been a bit of a struggle.

Before I bought him, his previous owner (who is amazing, by the way) said that I maybe should invest in a crop, because he will sometimes stop and refuse to move and be quite stubborn about it.

I didn't buy a crop until this weekend. The first time I rode with it, I let Rebel play with it for a bit before we rode. He loves to hold things in his mouth.

Well, that ride was incredible. He did so well! We still had arguments, but he behaved sooo much better than he has been! I only had to use the crop once, and I didn't even really tap him. Do you think he knows I am caryying it?
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    06-05-2012, 01:34 AM
Yes, you will see at shows, the rider is in the warm up ring and before they enter the showpen, they drop the crop, horse still thinks they have it.
    06-05-2012, 01:44 AM
They def. Know it!
    06-05-2012, 01:45 AM
That is so funny! I really kind of thought it was just coincidence, but I guess he really does know!

He's only four so he definitely thinks he is the boss sometimes.
    06-05-2012, 01:56 AM
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Are you kidding? They know! They can see you up on their back, and they can see what you have in your hand, for sure.
    06-05-2012, 02:54 AM
Where I used to have lessons, half the ponies would be right pigs if you didn't have a crop with you! But there was also a horse who would stop if you tapped him with a whip. Badbadbad idea in front of a jump lol rode him without a crop after that!
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    06-05-2012, 02:56 AM
I think they can smell it from ten feet away!
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    06-05-2012, 04:51 AM
There is no doubt that they know it. I have never had to use a crop but the day I don't carry it he comes unbelievably lazy........ we defo don't give these big buggers enough credit :P
    06-05-2012, 09:13 AM
My horses definitely know.
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    06-05-2012, 09:16 AM
I show it to mine, so they know I have it. Don't need it for the TB, but oh my, the Ayrab can be a handful! Just knowing I have the crop makes him behave for the most part.
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