it's not the edge of the earth, but you can see it from here
ooh... no. Rare, please.
Seriously. I've honestly never thought about it. I use a whip to tap. To remind, or in time with a leg for *more* (reach, sit, etc., depending on where I tap.) I really don't think the lash has ANYTHING to do with it.
I had to keep reminding (chastising) a teenaged student last week the whip is an AID, not a punishment...
But, I am nowhere NEAR ODG status. Not even quite sure I'm living DQ status. I think I might be WTD status...
As long as you keep it away from small children and people who know nothing about horses, it will last forever with no "lash care".
None of my whips have ends anymore. My kids cannot resist drawing in the dirt w/them. Neither can adults who come here and don't ride. One of the first times I ever yelled at my working student was for dragging a whip in the grit arena, lash down. She is old enough to buy her own now and I hope feels bad, hindsight being 20/20 and all that
"Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
--- The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.
My whips always lose their lashes as they hit the side of the indoor arena. The part where the stiff stops and the lash starts gets raggedy and frayed, and soon the lash part is dangling by a thread or two, then falls off, and you are left with only the stiff part, with the plastic sticking out of the thread covering. I only buy cheap whips, as this happens frequently. I have to buy 3 or 4 whips a year.