I try very hard to avoid having to use any artificial aids such as spurs and whips. But if needed, after working with a horse which I've exhausted many different ways in which to avoid using a whip or spurs; I will use them. It's all a matter of appropriate use, as well as how the horse reacts. Many horse's will realise that: "okay I've just been told to wake up at listen because I'm being asked something" (for example). These horse's will merely 'pick up' and continue being ridden seemingly unphased by the use of the whip. But some horses really shouldn't have a whip used on them no matter what. As their response to it's use shows they are not acceptive of it at all, and so it is not appropriate. So the use of the whip in regards to it's appropriateness can vary in my opinion. If that makes sense.
With most of the horses I ride/educate I don't use a whip, and if I do, it's often only now and again if I need to get a horse's attention/response. I really do not like to use them though. However some horses, wether it's their mentality in regards to dominance and submission in their relationship with humans, gender and thus hormones and increased dominating behaviours (talking stallions here) do require the use of a whip. Simply because many other means of having the upper hand in a human-horse relationship don't have the affect (for lack of better word) to inforce/maintain the dominant one. And so, the whip (or lead rope even) is a short, sharp, immediate way to 'lay down the law' so-to-speak. This is the downside of riding and working with stallions as most have had the whip introduced to them as a dominance tool as well as a training tool and it's often something they tend to rely on in controlling their behaviour. :/ Not all of them, but some of them do. Don't want to seem like I'm saying that stallions are the wild uncontrollable beasts some make them out to be. There are many darling ones around :).
Of course outright flogging a horse is down right uncalled for. Although I have seen some horses which have benefitted from a flogging (not drawing blood and the most horribly imaginable event I thought they would end up as :(, but still horrid), merely because their dominance could only be countered by it. I certainly didn't like it at the time and a lot of words was said (or screamed rather), and I was quite ready to take the horse out of the hands of the handler or separate the 2 in some way. I still don't like it, and I never will. With a particular horse I felt that all was needed wa a completely different approach, but unfortunately what happenned happenned. :l
Tayz, I'd probably take them off him or her :). While possibly fighting the urge to use (talking the whip here) them on the person (shame on me :P). I don't mean that nastily, like beating them or anything. But if they feel what their horse feels it can teach em alot sometimes.
Interesting Thread :).
Last edited by Shellbe; 04-10-2009 at 07:10 AM.