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    09-03-2008, 04:07 PM
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Weanling
Dressage Whips... help!

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...
     
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    09-03-2008, 04:34 PM
  #2
Banned
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.
     
    09-03-2008, 04:41 PM
  #3
Weanling
Thanks a lot! That helps a ton! But I don't quite understand about the "center of gravity" thing... could you explain that a bit more?
     
    09-03-2008, 05:46 PM
  #4
Started
Center of gravity, if you take the whip and make it balance on your fingers, when it doesnīt 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.. itīs real nice
     
    09-03-2008, 10:51 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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
     
    09-04-2008, 03:00 AM
  #6
Weanling
Thanks!

Kickshaw... I didn't buy it... and I just now tested it... and it doesn't have a lot of "play" at all. It'll move and swing... but it's still kind of stiff... any ways I can improve that?
     
    09-04-2008, 11:58 AM
  #7
Green Broke
^^ not to my knowlege...it has to do with the way they are made and what they are made out of... it isn't a bad whip if it doesn't wiggle, it's just a better whip if it does
     

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