Which hand do you hold your whip in? - The Horse Forum
View Poll Results: What is your dominate hand and which hand do you use your whip in?
I'm right handed and ride with the whip in my right hand 21 33.33%
I'm right handed and ride with the whip in my left hand 2 3.17%
I'm left handed and ride with the whip in my left hand 3 4.76%
I'm left handed and ride with the whip in my right hand 0 0%
I switch so it's always in my inside hand 28 44.44%
I switch so it's always in my outside hand 9 14.29%
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post #1 of 40 Old 10-30-2013, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Which hand do you hold your whip in?

I'm right handed but 90% of the time hold my whip in my left, I find it very awkward in my right hand, but seems most riders use their whip with their dominate hand.
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post #2 of 40 Old 10-30-2013, 10:07 PM
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right. 99% of the time. left is awkward. I am right handed.
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post #3 of 40 Old 10-30-2013, 10:10 PM
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Either or, doesn't really make a difference to me!
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post #4 of 40 Old 10-30-2013, 10:16 PM
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I hold in on the inside at all times, so both.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #5 of 40 Old 10-30-2013, 10:33 PM
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It depends on what i'm using for. I am switching hands constantly on my greenies as I ask for different things.
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post #6 of 40 Old 10-30-2013, 11:06 PM
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I often ride (dressage) with two whips, one in each hand. If I amusing just one, always on the inside.
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post #7 of 40 Old 10-30-2013, 11:22 PM
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Always ride with my whip in the inside hand as well. I need it far more often to cue the inside for something rather than outside.
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post #8 of 40 Old 10-31-2013, 12:41 AM
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I think you need an option for those of us who don't use whips - at least on our horses
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post #9 of 40 Old 10-31-2013, 02:17 AM
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On my finished horse I use the whip on my right hand. If I have to I will switch, but I prefer not to.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #10 of 40 Old 10-31-2013, 08:53 AM
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I switch hands and sides of the horses, but not uniformly. I can have the whip on the inside or outside regardless of the hand it's in. It really depends on what I'm doing at the time. I've joked that I should get a second one so I can just have one in each hand at all times.
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