When I was in Georgia, I had a knife on me, a pistol and two cellphones anytime I left the barn on a horse. I have one cellphone attached to my hip, the other to the horse. You never know when your horse will leave you so its safer to keep the phone on your body. If your horse is lost, whoever catches it will have a way to contact the owner. So its good to have a phone on the horse as well.
These days I carry a knife, two cellphones (one attached to the horse, the other on me), and a bandana. People always stare at me funny because I rarely go to the barn without a bandana hanging from my belt loop. Its helped me out in so many instances though. I've wrapped fresh cuts, stopped bleeding, blindfolded horses, used it as an emergency cool down for me if I ever over heat, tied broken tack back together with it...its just a good thing to always have for those "just in case" situations.
The whip thing on a trail is silly to me. If anyone is going to come after me, they better be quick enough to actually get near Raina in the first place (shes not a fan of people leaping at her lmao) and if they do get close enough, they best have something better in mind to use other than a whip. Really, you have the advantage on a horse. You're on a horse and you are armed with a whip. They'd have to somehow get you off the horse and wrestle the whip from you in order to use it against you. Beating someone with a whip isn't lethal, it just stings. Its a poor weapon.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music