So, most of the time during the summer, I'll carry a crop when I ride because it encourages my lazy boy to pick up the pace a bit. I rarely have to use it, just carrying it is good enough most of the time. But then there are those days when he's just being a brat, and I'll have to smack his shoulder to get him to pay attention to me. Now, of course I go through every leg aid possible, and progressively move harsher. It's not like I'm savagely attacking him, but you know what, if he's putting my in a dangerous place (aka: rearing, bucking, spinning around, all that silly stuff) I will scold him. I know that just riding a horse itself is dangerous, but when he acts up, I've got to do something about it.
Also, there is this one girl who I ride with sometimes, and she ADORES her horse. You can see her eyes light up when she walks into the barn and sees her horse's head poking out of her stall. But when she rides, sometimes I'll see her whacking her horse behind her leg and just continually doing this until the horse "listens". The horse is happy as any other in it's stall AND while being ridden, it's just that sometimes the girl excessively uses the crops, which I disapprove of.
Anyways, what are your opinions on using crops/whips while riding?