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    09-08-2010, 12:01 AM
Originally Posted by corinowalk dressage whip is rather rigid...what is a carrot stick like? Is it whip like or stick like?

I usually hold the whip by the popper and push with the handle. Works great for sideways movements.
I have no idea, I've never messed with carrot sticks.

Jack knows when I get my dressage whip out on the ground, he's gone too far and needs a time out though. I have never beat him with it, never will beat him, but he respects it because he knows he WILL get a sharp little tap on his bum if he invades my space or steps on me out of his carelessness and disrespect. He moves if I just lay the popper end on his flank gently. Of course, that's usually not necessary, I can just say "scoot over" and he will move for me. Well trained pony is well trained...
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    09-08-2010, 12:01 AM
Those fiberglass fence poles come in all sorts of colors. Mine is purple.. But I remember seeing orange, green, grey, blue, white, and black. Still for only $1.50..
    09-08-2010, 01:30 AM
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Training stick made of a hollow fiberglass rod : whip made of metal that is covered up with nylon/leather usually tapering to the end

The whip will bend or flex during a swing, if used to hit something it will hurt the thing that was hit much more than if it was hit with the stick. Of course neither should be used to hit a horse they should be used to que (sp?) and communicate only, I was only referring to the physical properties of each.

The stick can be used with or without the string, and the string can be used separately making 3 different tools.

The manner of handling/using a stick is different, I think of it as casting the line/string like fishing. The popper can land gently on a precise spot just as a fishing lure can land gently on the waters surface. A whip w/lash can be used this way too.

I boarded at a barn where there was a Morgan trainer who used very harsh methods. The way she used and taught her students to use the whip was not easy to watch. The girls just loved to crack that whip, the horses were frightened of it.

It is all in the hands of the user.
    09-08-2010, 07:35 AM
Here is a lower priced model for those who want one but are smart enough to not pay the PP inflated prices.
    09-08-2010, 11:51 AM
Originally Posted by soileddove    
smrobs, are you talking about those beef show sticks with the little hookers on them? Beef - Show Sticks I've seen my grandpa use those on the occasional "difficult-to-cinch" horse.

That is very similar. The one that I was most familiar with was dennis reis's little stick thing but both work the same way. I never even thought about the cattle sticks . I have a whittled tree branch that I use right now but it's getting old and it would only take one little kick to break it. Still, better it than my arm though.
    09-08-2010, 12:09 PM
Carrot stick is associated with Parelli, right? I looked into Clinton Anderson's Handy Stick. SOOOO expensive! So, I bought an $8 lunge whip, removed the tail and webbing from it and it's PERFECT. I haven't used it for much other than teaching my girl to stay out of my space on the ground.
    09-08-2010, 12:10 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Here is a lower priced model for those who want one but are smart enough to not pay the PP inflated prices.
    09-08-2010, 01:37 PM
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Bad Farmpony! Bad!
    09-08-2010, 01:47 PM
Aww how sad that it's become a source of "pride" to say that you don't play games with your horse! I don't follow any dude's preachings but I like playing games with my horse and spending time "not working" in the traditional sense.

How lame that greedy men can ruin a great concept.

Edit: Disregard, this thread is too happy to be made even remotely serious by half asleep me XD
    09-08-2010, 02:49 PM
Originally Posted by farmpony84    

Bad Farmpony! Bad!
I'm not even going to try to comment THAT!

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