Originally Posted by NeuroticMare
My childhood trainer (good ol' Max von Blucher from Austria) told us that getting on your pony without a crop was like going in to battle without your sword.
If I leave the barn without a crop or whip my trainer yells "Where's your weapon? You NEVER go to war without a weapon!!!".
I wouldn't whack a horse with a crop or whip if you don't know how they will react. If I was to whack mine, I'd be a bloody splotch 3 counties over...
Generally just carrying one gives me PLENTY of forward.... I'll wiggle it or very, very gently touch him with it if needed but that's it.