Originally Posted by apachiedragon
AnitaAnne, if you pop with two crops at once, how do you have a hand left over for the reins? What if the horse decides to lunge forward or give a big buck? I think that sounds a bit risky.
Um, I do not let go of the reins when I hold a whip...I ride direct rein, the rein & the whip are held in the hand. So instead of one hand with one rein & one whip & one hand with one rein, both hands have one rein & one whip. Really it is not hard at all.
I have found that horses will kick out like a buck with one whip, but not two.
I am not talking whipping the horse, just a POP behind the leg. The whip is held across the leg, and the action bends the whip across the leg & then pops them right behind where the heel indicates the action.
The plastic bag, yeah that can be a bit "exciting" but the double whip just tells them you mean business. It is just used a time or two to get the horse to understand the cue to go forward.