06-16-2009, 06:39 PM
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It helps. I would get a training stick, though. I used to use a dressage whip (you can find em cheap at your local tack shop) but found that because it's so thin....if I had to tap a horse on the hip that was fairly lazy, it can turn into a sting easily and cause the horse to resent and kick out.
When I switched to using a training stick (these can be had cheap, too at expos or online for about $10-$15)....I'm not talking about a carrot stick (I got one a long time ago and it's fairly heavy).....but the sticks that CA and others use. They're light-weight and you can "bounce" it off the horse's hip without causing the kick-out resentment.
If you go with the whip, a tip: use your whole arm if you need to tap more firmly, this way it won't be a sting.
Also...for the books...there's talk about bridlework I think? So, you may want to be sure you've got a bridle and bit (full cheek or dee ring are best for this kind of stuff)...make sure the horse's teeth have been floated and are okay to take on a bit.