Originally Posted by boldstart
If the whips that used in the UK are the same padded ones used here in Australia - they do very little harm apart from making a firm whacking sound.
I've never seen a horse with welts from having a whip used on them - either at trackwork or at the races. They are used for motivation and can be used for steering. Also I find in my trackwork if a horse is starting to pull its head down and mess around, one strong tap on the shoulder and you got the horses's mind back on task - which is to go forward.
I don't carry one on every horse but the ones I do carry know when I have it and sometimes I don't need to use it because they know to be good ponies and beheave otherwise they will get a tap.
Good post! I recall only ever seeing two welts in the whole time I worked in the industry.......very naughty horses! Yes the padded whips do make a pile of noise!