Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Western Massachusetts
Do you ride with a crop?
I never have before, but my gelding had 2 weeks off due to a knee injury. It was normal looking after a week (the vet had cleared him), and he showed no pain, but I didn't want to push it. SO after his 2 weeks off, he decided going back to work was a TERRIBLE idea (he is the laziest horse ever to begin with). He decided rubbing his rider off on objects was awesome. He would literally run full speed, sideways at objects, and other horses, ignoring every cue. My BO and instructor suggested a riding crop to "remind" him to behave. The first time he started at a sideways canter, a nice tap on his shoulder corrected RIGHT away. He tried it one more time and got corrected again. After that he was perfect, and was totally in tune to me. I always thought riding crops were cruel, but I just realized they were a good tool if used correctly.