IT’S NOT SOMETHING I WOULD CARRY
I don’t and haven’t for many years. If ever I’ve been in trouble, where the horse completely freezes, I jump off and lead the horse forward in hand. Of course, I’m sure there are many people who think this is the last thing you should do, but it’s worked every time for me. It depends on the circumstances, but from my experience, using a whip just infuriates and frustrates, instead of leading and encouraging. I’m not entirely against whips but they are prone to being used unfairly.
Sad to say I always used to carry one and used it when my horse “wasn’t listening”. In reality, I wasn’t listening to him. I would never carry one again.
I don’t carry one, I used to out of habit at a riding school where we were taught to use it as an additional aid, not as a punishment, but my current loan ride is very responsive to aids so I don’t need one. I think it depends on the horse, but I completely disagree with the use of it to hit a horse as has been seen in some disciplines recently.