Whip or No Whip?

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April 18th, 2006 05:16
Georgia
pinkelephants
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I own an Arabian sporthorse. He is an eventer, but we do mainly dressage. He takes a long time to get him supple, longer than other horses, and even when he is, it is difficult to get him to perform lateral work. I have never used a whip with him, until one day when he was being difficult, I picked one up and used it as an extra aid. He was perfect! He did turns on the haunches, leg yields, and eventually travers and half passes. The only problem was that he was tense and unhappy. Should I can the whip, or keep it?
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April 19th, 2006 03:18
Canada
MissyJ
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As long as you use your stick as an aid, I think you should continue to use it. Once your horse is comfortable with you having this new "foreign" object he should relax a bit. I also ride dressage and I know how frustrating it can be when your horse is being a bit "cowish". Your ride should be a relaxing experience. I say that if it allows you to accomplish your goals then why not keep it!
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Sept 8th, 2006 20:04
United Kingdom
APOLLOMAD
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Yes Whips are very usefull they don't hurt the horse! If you really think about it horses are BIG and STRONG animals not like us. So don't worry! Most people doing dressage do use whips so i would continuing doing so! Many thanks APOLLOMAD!!!
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