Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South of No-where
I use a driving whip when I do some of my ground work, but it is an extension of my own hand. Its mainly used to help cue and reinforce what is already asked. They may get a pop with it when being particularly lazy (or if they do something dangerous), but its only after several cues before hand that the horse ignored. Its usually not hard enough to hurt, but it is enough to get their attention.
Even natural horsemanship gurus have their version of a whip. i.e. handy stick, carrot stick - and I've seen those used with more force than I typically see someone use a real whip.
All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!