I was at my usual lesson today - my instructor is a pretty reknowned horse trainer and I'll go ahead and say that he does a great job. His horses respond very well to cues, are forgiving with novice riders and are generally well-behaved.
However, while I was grooming, I saw him working with a "spirited" QH. The horse was being stubborn, so the instructor whipped him a few times. He used a really long whip unlike one I've seen before and it made a very loud sound when it struck the horse. I was shocked and kind of disgusted. I know little about training, so I said nothing, as upset as I was. I just bought my own horse and I intend to use a more natural horsemanship approach. The whip seemed cruel.
So, I'm just wondering if whipping like this is normal?? It seemed a little unnecessary to me.