re Mrdarcy: for the rest of you out there please think twice before you revert to whips and spurs work effectively not uneffectiveley.
I am using the whip on a horse that is only on her 8-9 ride ever. She hasn't even trotted yet under saddle, just getting the feel of a rider on her back. Theres no such thing as a walk trot transition for her. She doesn't even know what that is. We are just working on walk, whoa and back up. Not even green broke yet. I see nothing wrong with a tap on the butt to get her to walk forward.
I tap her to get her to move in the round pen on a lunge line, why not when I'm on her back?
I want to add, I'm not beating her bloody, just tapping her and or swinging the quirt without touching her.
"Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul remains unawakened..."
- Anatole France
Last edited by Vidaloco; 06-09-2009 at 09:56 AM.