There are definitely people that kick and whip for show.
It's easy to get caught up in the game too, get over excited, and make big moves you didn't mean to make. I, personally, try to only use the whip for the run home or if my horse shuts down on me...But some girls will whip til the cows come home in hopes of getting an intense looking picture or attention.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.