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.