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Which hand do you hold your whip in?

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View Poll Results: What is your dominate hand and which hand do you use your whip in?
I'm right handed and ride with the whip in my right hand 21 33.33%
I'm right handed and ride with the whip in my left hand 2 3.17%
I'm left handed and ride with the whip in my left hand 3 4.76%
I'm left handed and ride with the whip in my right hand 0 0%
I switch so it's always in my inside hand 28 44.44%
I switch so it's always in my outside hand 9 14.29%
Voters: 63. You may not vote on this poll

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    10-31-2013, 10:39 AM
Originally Posted by jamesqf    
I think you need an option for those of us who don't use whips - at least on our horses
Your bedtime antics don't count, james!

When I carry a whip, which is relatively uncommon nowadays since I don't show any longer, in the arena I switch back and forth so my whip is always to the inside. When I'm out hacking, I'll carry it in my right hand the majority of the time because that's my dominant side.
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    10-31-2013, 11:00 AM
I very rarely carry a whip when I'm riding. If I do, I don't really have a preferred hand. It just depends on what I am doing. I'm pretty ambidextrous when it comes to reins and riding, although I am right-handed for just about everything else.

Where's the poll option for ambidextrous?
    10-31-2013, 02:38 PM
I don't carry a whip, I use my split reins to spank if necessary.
    10-31-2013, 03:14 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Your bedtime antics don't count, james!
Besides, this is a PG forum

I only do trail riding, and so never carry a whip. My friend, who has done quite a bit of showing in the past, does carry one, but keeps it tucked in her riding boot most of the time.
    10-31-2013, 03:20 PM
Green Broke
For Dressage always on the inside, but the horse I ride gets spooked by whip sometimes, so when I have a great trot going on the diagonal, I will hold off on switching hands. I think he can see it in his peripheral vision when I switch it and will shoot forward.
    10-31-2013, 03:28 PM
Green Broke
Depends on what I'm doing. If I'm showing at the time I will switch whip hands according to the direction we're going. If I'm just riding I'll keep it in my right hand. More often than not I don't use one at all.
    10-31-2013, 04:15 PM
Green Broke
I'm left handed and hold it in my left hand almost all of the time. I'll switch to my right if that side needs some correcting, but not too terribly often.
    10-31-2013, 07:18 PM
Green Broke
I always switched so whip was to rail.
    10-31-2013, 07:19 PM
It depends on the horse, what I'm doing, and what sort of outside aids the horse needs. So, I switch back and forth, with no dominant hand. The default is the inside.
    11-01-2013, 05:33 AM
Always on my inside, unless I'm having a problem in which my horse is moving away from the whip. I do what my coach tells me too!

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