I think the name is more to imply that it is to be used both as the proverbial "carrot" and the proverbial "stick".
I was just in TSC (farm store) and was passing by the display of lunge whips, riding crops, etc. Among them, there was a show hog stick. At least that's what they called it.
It cost a whopping $9.99 and was bright pink with a grippy handle, about 4' long, and had a nice weight to it. It reminded me - a lot
- of the various majikal sticks, wands, and other Miracle Devices I see being sold in NH trainers' booths at the big horse expos.
Just a lot less expensive.
"Parelli horsemanship is just like painting by the numbers. You need absolutely no skill. You just put this color here and this color there, and when you're done, you have ... a mess no one wants." mp