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    10-03-2011, 05:36 PM
  #1
Foal
Proper Use Of A Whip?

How do I use my whip properly? I'm not talking anything like a bullwhip, I mean the kind that you tap the horse to get her going. I'm learning to ride cossack style, so my hands would need to be able to utilize a whip. My previous experience includes using just my heels.

So, does anyone have any tips and tricks?
     
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    10-03-2011, 05:37 PM
  #2
Foal
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    10-03-2011, 06:01 PM
  #3
Yearling
I'v never used one like that. Iv used a short crop and a dressage whip. I find when your trying to hit your horses but its ALOT easier to use a dressage whip as you don't hafta let go with one hand or turn around to whack em lol and if your trying to get then to move foward there no point in hitting there shoulders which is the easiest place to reach with a short crop.

With a dressage whip it takes a bit of practice but its all in the wrist movment. Almost like you role your wrist.

But I don't think im being much help as that's not the whip your useing. I'm sure there other more experiences people who can help you :)
     
    10-03-2011, 07:28 PM
  #4
Yearling
Do you mean a whip or more like a crop?

Crop:



I've only ever ridden with a crop before so sorry if I'm not being helpful here! Basically it depends on the horse, but the idea is to ask for the horse to get moving gently with your legs first. Then when the horse does not respond tap the horse's shoulder gently with your crop. (Sometimes it will be the shoulder and not the rump you have to tap). If the horse does not respond then continue to tap and use a combination of your crop and leg aides to get the horse going. You want to hold the crop on the side that's not by the rail. I usually twine it in my hands so that it's held along the same lines as the reins but doesn't tangle in with them or make me hold the reins wrong.

I hope I helped!
     
    10-03-2011, 08:24 PM
  #5
Super Moderator
That5 is what I used to call a "quirt" as a kid. It is often held coming out of the top of the hand for a more powerful hit. Luckily, I don't use one.




     
    10-03-2011, 10:13 PM
  #6
Banned
Yeah, that whip is really meant to be used to beat the horse...nothing "proper" about that. But you can get the look of swinging the quirt "authentically" without landing it so hard, too. Is it even all that central to the riding style?
     
    10-03-2011, 11:55 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Cinder    
Do you mean a whip or more like a crop?

Crop:



I've only ever ridden with a crop before so sorry if I'm not being helpful here! Basically it depends on the horse, but the idea is to ask for the horse to get moving gently with your legs first. Then when the horse does not respond tap the horse's shoulder gently with your crop. (Sometimes it will be the shoulder and not the rump you have to tap). If the horse does not respond then continue to tap and use a combination of your crop and leg aides to get the horse going. You want to hold the crop on the side that's not by the rail. I usually twine it in my hands so that it's held along the same lines as the reins but doesn't tangle in with them or make me hold the reins wrong.

I hope I helped!
hitting them on the shoulder works to make then move foward? My instructor starts with that on her pro lesson horses but as soon as the rider is able to she switches them to a dressage whip so they can get to the back end. I was always taught that hitting the horses shoulder moves askes then to move over not foward as forward momentum comes from the horses hind end.
(also she doesn't use a whip/crop on all if the horses. Just pointing that out lol)
     
    10-03-2011, 11:56 PM
  #8
Banned
You can absolutely train a horse to respond by moving forward and/or faster when tapped on the shoulder.
     
    10-04-2011, 12:39 AM
  #9
Foal
Thanks for the answers, all. I have a better idea now of what to do.
     
    10-04-2011, 05:28 AM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
You can absolutely train a horse to respond by moving forward and/or faster when tapped on the shoulder.
if you're going to have to train it, you may aswell train them that legs/seat = forward and/or faster. The most natural and clearest way to do it imo is to use the end of reins or a quirt like the one in question in an over/under fashion, as little as needed of course.
     

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