I got a dressage whip from one of my many aunts a couple of years ago for Christmas. I have never used it... and it's just been lying around in my room, in perfect condition. It came from a top maker in Germany. It has a long stick, and a small "whip" rope at the end.
The horse I am currently riding doesn't tend to be very good when it comes to riding away from the barn. My BO actually suggested a crop... but he has only one. Would a dressage whip work as well? Or no?
What do you use a dressage whip for? I know it's for dressage... but... how do you use it? All I've used are the short crops and/or jump bats...
I'm sure a dressage whip will work just fine. I''ve only actually used a short crop/bat a few times, but I almost always carry a dressage whip when I ride, weither I use it or not. You carry it like this:
And your hand should be place where the whip's center of gravity is. (I find this out by balancing it on my fingers) I usually have to hold it four or so inches from the top. To use, just flick your wrist. I think that with a crop you have to remove your hand from the rein to tap the horse, otherwise you'll pull it's mouth. But with a dressage whip, it's longer, so you don't have to adjust you hands in any way.
center of gravity, if you take the whip and make it balance on your fingers, when it doesn´t tip to either side your fingers are at the center of gravity
I always ride with a dressage whip too ! I just bought one that I love, and it actually has a "ball" on it where you should hold.. it´s real nice
just wanted to add that when you purchase a dressage whip, be sure it has lots of "play" in it; when you hold it out in front of you and move it up and down, it should wiggle - - not be stiff like a board