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        11-02-2013, 09:26 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    In my case I use it as support. With all the horses I have had in recent past, a simple tap, let alone a firm smack, would have sent me to the moon so I rarely, if ever, carried one. My current horse can get a little lazy to my leg, but, all I have to do is touch him, and I mean not even tap, with the end of the dressage whip and all of a sudden he is back to his responsive self. I rarely actually carry it as he is more than responsive, nearly too much so, for a few days afterwards. I find that if he gets bored with what we are working on is when he starts to get lazy to my leg..if I change out the exercises and really keep his mind interested and challenged, he enjoys himself more and stays responsive.
         
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        11-02-2013, 09:34 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    I ride with a dressage whip always, every time. Even though I don't use it much, probably less often than I should, I hate to nag. We ride in traffic a lot, and when I want a response, I want it.
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        11-02-2013, 10:42 PM
      #13
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    I don't ususally tap my horse. I already "tapped" him when I asked him with my leg . If I use the crop, it's going to be impressionable. Don't tap, smack! Once, and if you want to , smack your own boot. But, it should be firm, quick and make an impresssion. Otherwise you simple take away the power of the crop, one TAP at a time.
    Well, I don't use it to aid in speed. THAT he is responsive to (normally, not always) it's mostly for his respect issues. Right now, a tap worked. But if I have to smack him, I will. He knows this.
         
        11-03-2013, 12:37 AM
      #14
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    Don't tap, smack! Once, and if you want to, smack your own boot.
    I do this all of the time! If my gelding is ignoring my cues, I will whap him with a dressage whip to say "pay attention, I'm going to ask for something!" or if he's ignoring a lateral aid, I'll reinforce it alongside my leg. But sometimes, he's trying his heart out and just gets tired. I'll whap my leg to get his attention, then ask for something new to try to get him to perk up. It's a great way to use the whip for horses that are easily "offended."
         
        11-03-2013, 12:43 AM
      #15
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by existentialpony    
    I do this all of the time! If my gelding is ignoring my cues, I will whap him with a dressage whip to say "pay attention, I'm going to ask for something!" or if he's ignoring a lateral aid, I'll reinforce it alongside my leg. But sometimes, he's trying his heart out and just gets tired. I'll whap my leg to get his attention, then ask for something new to try to get him to perk up. It's a great way to use the whip for horses that are easily "offended."
    He's definitely not sensitive or easily offended. He's an Appy(I know people say you can't blame the breed, but if you have never experienced an Appy, you just don't understand), so he can be a down right ass sometimes. He gives you the Appy stink eye quite often!
         
        11-03-2013, 01:12 AM
      #16
    Trained
    I always ride with a whip - as others have said, it's better to have it there 'just in case' you need the escalation, than be stuck without it.
    I prefer to use my spur if it's an issue of the horse being against the aids, but if I need it, it's there. I've had one like your horse OP, that thought running flat out sideways and slamming the rider into the arena rails was a brilliant idea.
    I can tell you what, that welt on her backside sure as heck got the message through and she didn't try it again. Sometimes it is best to escalate HARD, get the point across incredibly clearly, and then never have to use it again.
    That same mare was as stubborn as a mule, but when she attempted to try something on, simply swishing the whip through the air, or hitting my boot, was more than enough for her to double think and carry on as good as gold.
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        11-03-2013, 01:13 AM
      #17
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by mrstorres2566    
    He's definitely not sensitive or easily offended. He's an Appy(I know people say you can't blame the breed, but if you have never experienced an Appy, you just don't understand), so he can be a down right ass sometimes. He gives you the Appy stink eye quite often!
    Surprise spurprise, my mare was an appy x
         
        11-03-2013, 01:20 AM
      #18
    Trained
    I need to find my dressage whip and ride with it soon, my filly is getting a bit lazy to forward aids and needs a reminder!

    I don't bother with a crop, not unless I'm jumping [which I'm not at present], because they're just too short, there's not enough bite, and I'd rather not have to take my hand off the reins to use my whip. But a dressage whip is a bit long to jump with so I'll carry a crop when I'm jumping, especially on a horse I don't know.

    My filly is easily offended, being a red Thoroughbred mare, but I don't care if she's offended or not. She's going to listen, or she's going to wish she had.
         
        11-03-2013, 01:28 AM
      #19
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    Surprise spurprise, my mare was an appy x
    See what I mean! I find the people who preach "don't blame the breed" have clearly never had an Appy. They are truly a breed of their own. When they are good, it's magic, when they are bad...well, nothing good comes of it.
         
        11-03-2013, 01:31 AM
      #20
    Yearling
    Anything can be cruel if you make the effort to make it so, but you'd have to work pretty hard had it with a riding crop. Most parts of a horse can tolerate a great deal (just look at how they treat each other at times when they're dealing with their herd hierarchy).
    I've always found that a crop can be a great tool with some horses (and not needed with others).
    e.g. Sometimes a green new horse will freeze up when it's suppose start and you can just give it a tickle on the flank for a "start" reminder that it needs to go on command. I've found that most times just a touch or light tap will usually get me what I want with most of the horses I've dealt with. Of course there are some that never needed it.
    It's just a tool to be used if needed. I use one if it's needed for the horse and stop using when things have progressed to the point that it's not needed. Used it with my current older mare when I started working with her, but couldn't say for sure where it is now since I've never needed with the younger mare.
         

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