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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 #11 of 40 Old 10-31-2013, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by jamesqf View Post
I think you need an option for those of us who don't use whips - at least on our horses
Your bedtime antics don't count, james!

When I carry a whip, which is relatively uncommon nowadays since I don't show any longer, in the arena I switch back and forth so my whip is always to the inside. When I'm out hacking, I'll carry it in my right hand the majority of the time because that's my dominant side.

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post #12 of 40 Old 10-31-2013, 10:00 AM
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I very rarely carry a whip when I'm riding. If I do, I don't really have a preferred hand. It just depends on what I am doing. I'm pretty ambidextrous when it comes to reins and riding, although I am right-handed for just about everything else.

Where's the poll option for ambidextrous?

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post #13 of 40 Old 10-31-2013, 01:38 PM
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I don't carry a whip, I use my split reins to spank if necessary.

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post #14 of 40 Old 10-31-2013, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer View Post
Your bedtime antics don't count, james!
Besides, this is a PG forum

I only do trail riding, and so never carry a whip. My friend, who has done quite a bit of showing in the past, does carry one, but keeps it tucked in her riding boot most of the time.
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post #15 of 40 Old 10-31-2013, 02:20 PM
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For Dressage always on the inside, but the horse I ride gets spooked by whip sometimes, so when I have a great trot going on the diagonal, I will hold off on switching hands. I think he can see it in his peripheral vision when I switch it and will shoot forward.
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post #16 of 40 Old 10-31-2013, 02:28 PM
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Depends on what I'm doing. If I'm showing at the time I will switch whip hands according to the direction we're going. If I'm just riding I'll keep it in my right hand. More often than not I don't use one at all.

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post #17 of 40 Old 10-31-2013, 03:15 PM
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I'm left handed and hold it in my left hand almost all of the time. I'll switch to my right if that side needs some correcting, but not too terribly often.
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post #18 of 40 Old 10-31-2013, 06:18 PM
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I always switched so whip was to rail.

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post #19 of 40 Old 10-31-2013, 06:19 PM
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It depends on the horse, what I'm doing, and what sort of outside aids the horse needs. So, I switch back and forth, with no dominant hand. The default is the inside.

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post #20 of 40 Old 11-01-2013, 04:33 AM
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Always on my inside, unless I'm having a problem in which my horse is moving away from the whip. I do what my coach tells me too!
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