I have a crop but I bought it to carry with me as an aid on the ground. I used just the handle, to press against my horses side or shoulder when he invaded my space....
I was going to mention this in my first post, but I think crops/whips are a great tool for teaching a disrespectful horse (as you said, one that invades space, and pushes into you etc). After all... they ARE 1,500 pound animals... we need some sort of "edge" when they finally realize their size and try to use it against us.
Miakoda is 6, and 15.3 hh. When I got her she was -BARELY- broke to lead. I haven't had to use a crop, but I -have- had to use *gasp* a stud chain. Currently when I lead her further than the turn out, I have the chain over her nose. She is/was EXTREMELY disrespectful and will bulldoze me if she decides she is not happy. When I was first teaching her to back on the lead line, she actually continually lunged forward with her head held very high trying to run me over and knock me down with her neck/shoulder, then she was so stiff, she would briskly walk fast circles around me and refuse to let me have her head.
I am only 160 lbs. She is 1,500 and disrespectful. The equation wasn't balanced, and I was on the losing end.
I had to use
the stud chain only twice. The first time she did something I warned her that it wasn't just the halter over her nose. The second time, I gave it about a medium crank, and she stopped. And though I am still putting it on her, I haven't used it for about a week or so. I think that she is almost ready for a trial without the chain.
Thankfully I had this tool available because without it, I could have the potential of being seriously injured. But, I also knew how to use the tool, and when to remove the tool =)
So I agree with ya Farmpony, having a crop in hand while leading a disrespectful horse can be a great insurancy policy! =)
And thanks Rosie! I'm glad you could interpret my ramblings! LOL!