Treatment Type: Training Products
Rated for: American Paint Horse x American Quarter Horse Cross
Cashmere, Washington, United States
Posted Jul. 2, 2018
I use lunge whips or carrot sticks pretty regularly for round penning or lunging horses that are earlier on in their training. I veeerrrry rarely ever touch them with it, and if I do it's only enough to make my point that they need to move, and nothing more. I point with my free hand in the direction I want them to move, and then reinforce that by driving them forward with movement (tapping or slapping the ground) behind them so that the correct answer of how they need to respond is very clear. After the first few times I typically barely use the whip at all and can just point and use my own body language to cue where they should go.
Whips should never, ever be used on a horse that is tied up or unable to escape. It should be only used as a tool to more clearly cue the horse to do something.