Flitterbug, I agree with all that you have said, and saw nothing in any of your posts that was offensive. You expressed your 'observation', just as the original poster asked for an observation from others (and also expressed an opinion- "It looks like a crop to me... "), by asking the initial question.
That being said, and having experience with both the carrot stick and a light lunge-whip, as well as a sorting stick, I would tell a beginner that a carrot-stick is nothing more than a sorting stick for cattle that is orange...and if they don't know what a sorting stick is, then I would tell them that the carrot stick would resemble an orange 10-foot lunge-whip with the last six feet chopped off, leaving the handle part to use.
Both the carrot stick and the lunge-whip serve the same purpose, used correctly...it becomes an extension of the person using it to assist in training.
As to how it (the carrot stick) got its name...I did not have the answer for that, although it was answered in previous posts, so I apologize for not answering the original question.
"I don't own my horses, they own me. It is a relationship I have no plans of changing."
Last edited by Doc; 07-17-2009 at 04:55 PM.