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post #31 of 40 Old 03-08-2011, 04:25 PM
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How long of a whip are you using?
I believe it's this one: GelWhip Dressage Whip - Spurs & Whips from SmartPak Equine (43") I know for sure I got it there, but not 100% positive which one out their dressage whips variety.

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post #32 of 40 Old 03-08-2011, 05:00 PM
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If you buy a dressage whip, the stiffer ones give a prompter cue. If they have a lot of bend in them, when you bend your wrist to move the whip, it;s motion "lags" behind (just like "crack the whip")
Fleck makes really nice whips that don't cost much and come in many colors. Very nice all around whip,. I also use in round pen for in hand work. I use a gray one for showing 'cause it doesn't show up so well on Appy coloring.
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Tiny, I rarely round pen him, so I will try that. Thanks.
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whats wrong with having to move your hand/arm to use a whip/ crop ? You can practice holding the crop and moving your hand back with out hiting the horse to learn to keep your balance with it. Its quite easy and you wont accidentally spur your horse and dull its sides [or make them bleed as I've seen dozens of times]

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Dummy spur is another name here for a prince of wales - basically any kind of blunt, fixed end spur.
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Another thing. AlexS mentioned that the horse is the same way on the lunge line. This is kind of odd, considering he is an OTTB, isn't he?
He just turned 6 and raced successfully winning $35k as a 3 yr old, and didn't do much as a 4 yr old coming in last in his last several races. He just didn't want to anymore, he just stopped.
He is completely sound, no issues at all - and as I am neurotic about things I have xrays and plenty of vet checks to prove it.


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whats wrong with having to move your hand/arm to use a whip/ crop ? You can practice holding the crop and moving your hand back with out hiting the horse to learn to keep your balance with it. Its quite easy and you wont accidentally spur your horse and dull its sides [or make them bleed as I've seen dozens of times]
Not sure who you are talking to, but I don't have a problem using a whip (other than hitting my own leg). I am quite able to balance myself and use a whip correctly. And I really don't think I would accidentially spur a horse, I have a solid leg and have owned and ridden horses for a long time.

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Not sure who you are talking to, but I don't have a problem using a whip (other than hitting my own leg). I am quite able to balance myself and use a whip correctly. And I really don't think I would accidentially spur a horse, I have a solid leg and have owned and ridden horses for a long time.
I was talking to some posters on the previous page, not directly at any one person.

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whats wrong with having to move your hand/arm to use a whip/ crop ?
As far as I understand you are not suppose to move hand with whip around in dressage (and there is no need for it really given the length of the whip anyway). At least that's what I was taught. Now with short crop of course you have to (and I don't see a big problem with it either as long as you don't compromise position/balance).

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Sorry but In dressage your horse needs to be going forwards first and foremost. It;s all very well sitting perfectly and looking pretty but If the horse isnt going forwards you wont get anywhere!

I'd rather take my hand off the rein and give the horse a hefty smack on the bum than sit and niggle with spurs!

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Sorry but In dressage your horse needs to be going forwards first and foremost. It;s all very well sitting perfectly and looking pretty but If the horse isnt going forwards you wont get anywhere!

I'd rather take my hand off the rein and give the horse a hefty smack on the bum than sit and niggle with spurs!
Faye, how its related to what I said? I can smack my horse's bum without taking hands off rein and it'll be a hard smack if I want to.

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