Originally Posted by DraftXDressage View Post
For those on this thread who have said they don't like to use whips but do smack the horse with the end of the reins, what's the difference?
In my experience, not a lot. I just don't carry a whip. If I did ride with a whip, it would just be there and the horse would be expected to ride and behave as normal, and the whip would just happen to be in my hand.
I also don't over and under my horse because I'm not a barrel racer or a real cowgirl. Typically I just whack them once and go on. A horse has to be really, really misbehaving for me to whack them. Kicking at feet, and making contact, is definitely need for a hit. I whack them and kick them forward and forget about it. No waving the reins around or any of that mess. Just whack and move on. I don't really feel that I need to reassure a horse after whacking them either if they were acting up. If I can, I'll get them on the side they are misbehaving or evading on, but I'm really dominant with my right hand, and it's my free hand, so sometimes that happens.
A young horse that is just getting broke, I don't hit on them. Even if its a colt and he's confused and wanting to go backward, I don't whack them. I may take my rein ends and kind of wave it back and let it hit them on the rump, but I'm not going to go to town and whale on a baby. Sometimes they just need a little encouragement and since all of mine are longed and driven, they know what it means to have something flung at their butt. If I had better dexterity, I would be more inclined to use a whip with a colt, because it would be a lot easier to reach back and tap then wave my rein around. I'll be honest and say that I can't hold on to a whip and reins very well.
Again, I don't really see a difference between a rein and a whip. I also don't really overthink riding and training on a horse. So, whatevs.