Pardon me for having to ask, but what's the difference? They both just look like normal whips to me...
I have a lunge whip, a dressage whip, and a crop. Between the three of these I have any situation that I'll run into covered.
There is quite a difference in heft and wrist drag, more so than a lunge whip. I cut down an old lunge whip, added a leather tab and it was so much easier on the wrist. Then I tried the dressage whip and found I can control it to deliver the lightest touch. After that it was a very thin willow and it delivers an even lighter touch, almost like a fly. That is now my go to stick.
That is probably what I need for Wildfire(the training stick). That lunging whip is not the best for close up training with him.=)I use a training stick for most of my initial training, I get in a lot of very pushy horses and at times I need a bit of oomph. After the horse is reasonably respectful I switch to a lunge whip for things at a distance and a dressage whip for under saddle work. I try not to stay with a training stick for long, those suckers can get heavy after a while.
Yeah sorry bout' that! Lol! I'm kind of a newbie to horses and such, but I'm learning more every day on here! Thanks for the advice, I want to see how the training stick will work for me, I saw Clinton Anderson using it for some of his techniques and thought it would be helpful, but we will see. =)Ok, took me a few to understand what you meant by a "rope whip", but now I get it :lol: I've always heard them called lunge whip or buggy whip.
I have used both and do not like the training sticks. I use the lunge whip. They make any different lengths, so if you want a little shorter whip, just buy one of those.
I guess it would be good to have a combo of the deferent whips? I hadn't thought of that before.......I have a lunge whip, a crop, a dressage whip, and a training stick. My training stick is "homemade" from a graphite golf club shaft with a leather tab on the end and a piece of yacht string with a leather popper on the end. It cost me less than 1/3 what a name brand training stick would have cost, even used.
Anyway, I prefer different tools for different jobs. If I'm teaching to lunge, or lunging a stubborn horse, I use a lunge whip. If I'm dealing with a horse that doesn't respect space, I use the dressage whip because it is more precise. If I'm working on yielding, I use the training stick because it is more solid and I can give a push with it to let the horse know where I want it to go and what I'm asking.
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Just like a carpenter or contractor, you can't have too many tools in your "arsenal" as a horse person. I have one horse and two saddles (will be three as soon as I can afford a western saddle), one bridle (will be at least two, possibly more, once I can afford it), four bits (so far), and a trunk full of saddle pads, wraps/boots, and reins. All have different purposes and uses.I guess it would be good to have a combo of the deferent whips? I hadn't thought of that before.......
No, they are not. They're too bendy when you need to give a correction up close.That is probably what I need for Wildfire(the training stick). That lunging whip is not the best for close up training with him.=)
Thanks for the advice!