The riding crop is in riding a correction and communication instrument with our horse and therefore we must be aware of how and when we use it.
It is a flexible rod, usually covered by fabric or leather that is sometimes finished off with a braid of leather or a leather fin. It is used by horsemen to goad the horses.
We can find different types of whips depending on the function or type of activity for whom we want them.
Do we know a little more about this tool?
They can be part of the equipment or tools that the rider uses with the horse. Is a auxiliary help as well as other elements such as auxiliary reins, spurs or tie reins.
They can be used whether the rider is mounted on the horse or standing close to it.
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This instrument in addition to serving to stimulate the animal, is used as extension of the rider's own body. In this way it can reach parts of the equine's body so that with a light touch the horse keep its attention in the exercise in progress or to increase the pace. Therefore it is used as a reinforcement.
It is important to be aware that should not be used as punishment never, but as an aid to communicate with the horses. Therefore, we must reflect before using it, as we anticipated at the beginning of the article. Our horse must respond to the stimuli of the whip with respect, never with fear.
The use of the whip should be considered among the last resources to be used. The rider must know when and how to use it since a riding crop misused will always have a negative effect on the horse.
How is the whip used?
The rider must take the whip by the handle letting the head protrude a little out of the hand. With it you should give short and precise touches to the animal. The normal thing is to take the whip with the inner hand since it is the inner leg that maintains the impulse and on which the horse bends.
Recommendations for the use of whips
The whip is mainly used to correct young horses when for example it does not obey the signal to advance indicated by our legs. In that case a brief and dry touch is given so that it reacts and is attentive to the indications that we give it with the legs.
The mere presence of the whip it can make our horse more attentive and more obedient. Many times its use on the animal is not necessary.
During riding, it is preferable to use your voice (or click the tongue for example) to indicate to the animal that it is not performing a movement or exercise well, rather than using the whip.
Here at the dressage helps to improve the activity of the hindquarters, for this it must be touched just behind our calf.
In classical riding, the rider must acquire the ability to change the whip from one hand to the other, although whenever possible it should be carried in the inner hand of the exercise.
And very importantly, never We should never use the whip if we are angry or impatient.
Types of Whips
There are whips of different lengths and styles to adapt to the needs of each discipline within riding.
At present the whips are usually Made with a fiberglass core, a lightweight material that gives it flexibility. The most common exterior is that of braided nylon, although there is quite a variety. The handles, tabs and tabs can be made of leather, polyurethane or rubber.
Let's now see the types of whips that exist according to the activity that we are going to carry out:
Walking or general whip
Of this type of whips, there are usually several models and colors to choose from. They are usually rigid but more flexible than jumping jacks. With a medium size that ranges from 65 to 75 cm, they can have tabs of different sizes, as well as a wrist strap to avoid losing it.
Are shorter and stiffer, with a length between 50 and 70 cm and with the Handle is thicker and made of non-slip materials for a comfortable grip.
The end of the whip is a reed, which when touching the horse causes a noise like a slap that makes the animal react. Are quite useful for keeping the horse's attention while working on the track
This type of whips are used on the sides of the croup or on the back.
If a horse does not pass an obstacle it must be remembered that the whip is not a method of punishment. There are actions to solve these problems without having to resort to those that are harmful to our partner. It is very important that the animal trusts us and that is something that is achieved with work. Lower the height of the obstacle that gives us problems or make the animal follow another horse.
They are longer than the previous ones, measuring between 90 and 130 cm. Thin and flexible since a zimbre effect is sought. They usually end in a very thin hose.
Instead of being taken by the handle like the previous ones, this it is caught lower and carried on the rider's thigh. Being that length it is used on the animal's rump to lead it, correct it, request more activity or reduce the stiffness of its movements. The idea is power use it without letting go of the reins with just a flick of the wrist. The touches must be to the side of the horse, behind our calf, or on the back.
Can also be used standing without riding the horse, touching the animal's legs.
Whip for natural dressage, hooking and winding or riding stables
It is very similar to the previous one, but longer, around 150 and 230 cm, since It is mainly used to control the horse's movements and drive it from a distance. For example when it is wound on a round track and the animal goes in circles.
Some models are also telescopic so they can reach lengths of more than 4 meters.
They are made up of a rigid body and a whip or whip that are attached with a twist remover.
When using this whip in the dump, those that can achieve a range of up to 450m are used.
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