Whips & Crops
Whips and Crops
Whips and crops for horses are an essential piece of training equipment which acts as a supplemental aid for a rider to use to encourage a horse to go forward, sideways, or similar intentions. Soft taps on a horse’s body are not intended as punishment, but rather to support the aids that a rider executes with his or her legs and knees.
Riding Crops & Jumping Bats
In jumping or general riding, a riding crop, jumper bat or show bat is usually carried. Crops range in length. They generally feature a small wrist loop at the handle and a narrow popper at the opposite end. The handle of a crop can be covered in genuine leather, a synthetic material, rubber or plastic.
Jumper or show bats come in lengths that start at a shorter measurement than crops, with a few exceptions. The handles are made in a variety of, widths and materials designed to provide superior grip. The tip of a bat is finished with a wide popper intended to make as much of a noise as it does a tap.
Dressage whips are usually more than twice as long as any crop or bat, but some shorter ones are available to suit small riders or small horses. A dressage whip is meant to hang down just behind the rider’s leg and to be used with light taps. The shaft can be made of an engineered composite material, fiberglass or plastic. Just as in crops and bats, the shafts are covered in a material that can range in colour from black to light pink and sparkly for added schooling fun.
The long handle of a dressage whip can be made of braided leather, some synthetic composite materials or even a gel made to provide a good grip. The handle, often topped by some sort of cap, can be a classic shape or formed ergonomically to fit the hand. The tip of a dressage whip is called a lash, and it is designed to facilitate a light tap or a tickle.