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    09-03-2008, 05:07 PM
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, 05:34 PM
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, 05:41 PM
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, 06:46 PM
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, 11:51 PM
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, 04:00 AM

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, 12:58 PM
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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