Which my DH gifted me. Lovely, has a stag end and a moderate thong. I am not a whip and know better than to use it around/on a hound. Is carrying it inappropriate? Should I remove the thong? The horse I just purchased was whipped off, so no problem there. Please advise.
You should ask your Master or Secretary what is appropriate for your club. If you are permitted to carry one - you should have the thong attached.
Some hunts may prefer only certain members - or members with colors - to carry a whip. Not out of snobbishness- but to help keep its accidental use to a minimum. Long time members/members with colors are supposed to know when or if to use it - or can be expected to render assistance to the huntsman or staff if needed.
But - it depends on the hunt. If you are permitted to carry it - carry it with the stag end down and the lash looped in your hand. You don't want the stag end sticking up in your face while riding (for obvious reasons)
Some hunts are funny about subscribers/guests/novices/ carrying wire cutters - again because of the risk of using them inappropriately (cutting through wire as a shortcut and letting livestock out) So it's just best to ask the Master or Secretary about carrying appointments.
Is the whip new or used? Antique whips are just lovely.
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
2ndyrgal, do you mean the popper end of the thong is frayed, or are some of the plaits broken in places in the thong?
In either case, you don't 'fix' them, you get a new thong. If you're not using it to whip, then one of the cowhide thongs that Horse Country sells, in a shorter length would be just the thing. Although the kangaroo thongs are MUCH more durable, they are rather heavy and could over power an antique delicate whip handle. The English thongs are very affordable.