I ALWAYS CARRY ONE ON ME
I always carry a whip that I mainly keep out to the side to encourage drivers to keep a distance, flick off flies and occasionally to say to my horse that I need him to listen to me. I don’t feel safe without one.
I carry a schooling whip for two reasons: first, it’s great for getting off pesky horseflies in hard-to-reach places and second, it’s also great out hacking to help guide quarters over if needed. It’s never used as punishment.
I’ve been brought up to always carry a whip. I only use it to get rid of flies or hold brambles/small branches/ nettles out of the way while I’m out hacking.
I use mine to swat flies and push and pull gates. A tap on my boot is enough if my horse isn’t listening to my aids. It’s basically an extension of my hand and I’ve never used it in anger or punishment. I call mine a stick not a whip. Whip implies punishment.