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  • Hitting horses with a crop to get the to behave

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    06-05-2012, 10:52 AM
Yes horses are funny like that! For my clyde out XC I carry the crop for extra brakes (really!) because he's so big and gets to excited he forgets I am there. So when we're done with the XC course, to keep from DQing by continuing on to the last few jumps for the next level up, I pull out the crop and tap him in the head repeatedly until he remembers OH! Mom is up there! I should listen to her! Lol

It's too funny to watch bc once he realizes i'm tapping his head to get his attention he immediately slows down and will stop and turn his head up around and look at me like oh hi mom! There you are! I forgot haha!
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    06-05-2012, 11:08 AM
Yep they know because they can see it! I alway carry one, jumping without one my horse is too quite and it takes all my leg to keep her forward. Usually when I need it I just flick it and not hit her with it and she knows it's time to move up
    06-05-2012, 11:29 AM
Aint a horse born yet that don't know when you got a stick in your hand.
flytobecat and ThursdayNext like this.
    06-05-2012, 02:09 PM
I really enjoyed reading all of theses responses XD I can just imagine CJ82Sky prodding this big draft in the back of the head, lol.

It looks like the crop is going to become part of my riding get up. I sort of felt bad about using a pink and purple crop on my manly gelding, but our ride was so great last weekend, I think it's worth it.
    06-05-2012, 02:22 PM
Originally Posted by HannahC    
I really enjoyed reading all of theses responses XD I can just imagine CJ82Sky prodding this big draft in the back of the head, lol.

It looks like the crop is going to become part of my riding get up. I sort of felt bad about using a pink and purple crop on my manly gelding, but our ride was so great last weekend, I think it's worth it.
i wish I had a picture. It's quite comical as he's 1800# and im barely 5'4" and im tapping away between his ears to get his attention and he stops dead and looks at me with this goofy smile on his clyde face LOL!
    06-05-2012, 02:29 PM
ALL of my riding students--I taught from 1985-1994--carried a crop and used it. It wasn't long before just flicking it out to use it was enough to get a positive reaction out of my horses.
So, YES, carry one and use it only when necessary.
    06-05-2012, 03:33 PM
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Both Dude and Luck knew when I had one. If I was on the ground with it, Luck wouldn't give a **** and always continued her antics until I had to use it on her (multiple times at that), but as soon as I got on her with it, she knew not to kick, because I'd beat her ass with it. Dude would generally refrain from rearing if I had it, but I generally tossed it by the block before we went out for a trail because, knowing me, it would be lost somehow. A lot of the times I just looped the handle around my horn and left it be because I rarely needed it (grabbing it if they started to act up at all). Though, with my first crop, I actually lost it on one of our rides because Toby bolted, and Dude followed. The crop fell somewhere in the pasture we were in and I didn't find it until the next week, mangled and broken from the horses playing with it. I gave that one to my friend (who ended up snapping it in half on his other gelding during one of his fits) and got another one, of which I will only ever carry with me in the arena now. I've decided that I'll use split reins on the trail (so I can use the ends) and keep the crop nice and safe in arena dusties, haha.
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    06-07-2012, 01:14 AM
YESS!! Mine does anyways. Wen I run barrels with one he runs almost a half second ffaster :)
    06-07-2012, 03:29 AM
I've had one horse that I've had to use a crop with and he always knew when I had it. Most of the time he was a pleasure to ride but he had these bad mood days and I'd have to use it. We trail rode a lot so if we were out and he went to acting up I'd threaten "to get a switch" and normally him seeing me get something was enough. I'd drop it and he'd act right the rest of the time. If I was at the barn and got vibes that I may need it, I never had to use it. I could just say "Victor!" and I'd turn it just a little so he could see and he straightened up real fast.
    06-07-2012, 10:12 AM
Oh, they definitely know! At the place where I take lessons, there are a couple of horses that will often decide not to listen to the leg cues...until the rider grabs a crop, then it's like, "ok, I guess I'll do what you ask now." LOL, it's always really funny to watch their faces when the rider heads to the fence to get the crop!

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