IT’S NOT SOME­THING I WOULD CARRY

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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.

Lau­ren Kate

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.

Ruth Riches

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.

Rachel Storr

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