Originally Posted by tinyliny
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.
Originally Posted by gypsygirl
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.
If you weren't talking to me, well then just ignore me.