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    03-27-2010, 08:32 AM
Green Broke
Whip hand?

When going around an arena what hand is the right hand to have your whip in?

Because when I first had lessons I got told it's ment to go in the outside hand but then just recently got told its ment to go in your inside hand??
Which is right??
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    03-27-2010, 08:40 AM
Both can be "right" or correct; it depends on what you're trying to do.

With beginners that are just learning to steer, I prefer they carry it on the inside because it can be a help keeping the horse on the rail.

If I'm doing flatwork I prefer to carry it on the inside as I want it to reinforce my inside leg aids.

However, if I'm schooling a horse that's stiif or resitant on one side I tend to keep the whip on that side, whatever direction we're traveling in to reinforce those aids.

When showing in a flat class, some folks will keep the whip in the hand where it's less visible to the judge.

Too many different scenarios to describe them all. Why don't you ask the instructor *why* she prefers the whip in the outside hand?
    03-27-2010, 08:42 AM
Green Broke
Thankyou I will as I am going to see her tomorrow
It just got me thinking
    03-27-2010, 10:22 AM
Green Broke
Exactly what Maura said. Depends on the horse, rider, and situation.

One of my trainers growing up told me always on the outside, I never knew why and she never offered a valid explanation. I'm curious to hear what your trainers says!
    03-28-2010, 04:19 AM
Green Broke
I asked my trainer and she said that because most horse fall on the inside it is just a reinforcement to encourage the horse to work evenly she said some ither stuff as well but im kinda buggered and can't remember :P
    03-28-2010, 09:31 AM
Generally, the whip goes to the hand that needs it but for newer riders learning how to use one, I prefer to see the whip inside to be sure that proper use IS learned and to accustom the rider to using either hand comfortably.

It is not uncommon among school horses for an instructour to offer a crop to help maintain or inspire forward motion. If it is only inspired forward that the whip/crop is for, then I prefer it to be inside. If it is used in the higher levels of the horse's education, as in learning/teaching lateral work for instance, I believe it is important to carry the whip and use it on the necessary side.
    03-28-2010, 09:33 AM
Green Broke
It depends on the horse. For me, I have a horse who swings her haunches in, and I have a horse who swings her haunches out.

For the horse who likes to have her haunches in, I put the whip on the inside.

For the other, I put it on the outside.

I use the whip to keep my horse straight. So, it really all depends on the horse IMO
    03-28-2010, 09:38 AM
The 'correct' hand is the inside hand. The reason for that is because the whip is used 'mostly' to reinforce a leg aid and it is the inside hind leg that is most important in the majority of exercises.

However, during training it's in whatever hand it needs to be in to accomplish the task at hand, and sometimes, there's a whip in both hands.
    03-29-2010, 12:31 AM
I don't know which is correct, but I keep the whipe in my right hand because I'm right-handed. Granted I don't even really use it, but still ^^

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