When holding a whip while riding, where should you hold it?
Right at the top, in the middle of the handle, or even further down? What’s the best way to switch your whip from one hand to the other?
If you’ve ever felt a bit awkward riding with a whip, you’ll appreciate the two simple tips I’m going to explain in this week’s video.
Used correctly, a whip can be used to give aids and direction to the horse – for forward movement, turning, or stepping under with the hind legs. A correctly used aid from a whip is less aversive to the horse than thumping or squeezing incessantly with the rider’s legs.
However, as riders, we do need to be able to carry and move the whip correctly, or it won’t be effective when we use it.
The answer for where to hold a whip depends on the balance point of the whip, but most people make the mistake of holding it too close to the top, forcing them to tightly close their hand to grip the whip, with the end of the whip moving all around and making using the whip effectively almost impossible.
A similar problem then comes when needing to switch the whip from one hand to the other, Many riders find this awkward and distracting, but there is a simple technique, that – with a little practice – makes switching the whip simple and easy.
Click play below to watch the video and learn these two tips to improve your whip handling.