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  1. #1
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    Default Custom whips: BoB or Fowlers?

    I had a BoB custom whip for many, many years, but for the life of me, I cannot find it. I think it was absorbed into someone's tack trunk at my old boarding barn...

    Anyway, what is your favorite custom whip?

    Smartpack carries Fowlers, but at nearly $80, I am wondering if it is really worth it? BoB's is about $60 w/ s&h.



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    The coolest custom whips are from Old Mill Saddlery. They ship anywhere. The Event Whip is 26", comes in zillions of colors and color combos, and you can add your name (or farm name) and flag or symbol.

    Very good customer service, too.



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    http://www.jockeystore.com/whips.html

    Whips International. LOVE them.

    Great service, options, turnaround time etc..

    ~Emily
    "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries



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    Quote Originally Posted by JER View Post
    The coolest custom whips are from Old Mill Saddlery. They ship anywhere. The Event Whip is 26", comes in zillions of colors and color combos, and you can add your name (or farm name) and flag or symbol.

    Very good customer service, too.
    Those are cool! May have to put one on my "wish list" ...

    I have a Bit of Britain whip which I really like, but isn't quite as snazzy ... I can't comment on the SmartPak whips as I have never seen one in person.



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    Uh oh. This begs the question.

    Do I finally cave and get a shorter version of my favorite custom whip:
    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...06203895_n.jpg


    That I can't carry on my sensitive new horse... or continue to carry the whip I replaced it... with my flower glitter wand that he enjoys much better?!
    https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...38119369_n.jpg



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    On the Fowler's... this is on my list this year but I don't know what stiffness to choose. What is the standard for eventing?



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    Uhhh Martina.... Did you know that Fowler's own website is cheaper than SmartPak??

    $59 http://lfowler1.photobiz.com/cart/pr...2711&photoID=0

    $ 69.95 http://www.smartpakequine.com/fowler...ips-6784p.aspx

    Whips International are lowest. ($49) And they offer a full 100% satisfaction guarantee. And I know for a fact that all the Big name jocks use Whips International. I chose a 7 level tension.

    ~Emily
    "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries


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    I really like my Fowlers! I haven't used it yet..but it sure it pretty

    I can't remember what stiffness I used...pretty stiff?? I think? It was a while ago...



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    Uhhh Martina.... Did you know that Fowler's own website is cheaper than SmartPak??
    Yes, I knew that, but still doesn't answer my question.

    There are stiffness options... is there a standard stiffness for eventing? Or a rule of thumb, like are stiffer whips kinder than flexible whips?

    Thanks



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    Quote Originally Posted by Martina View Post
    Yes, I knew that, but still doesn't answer my question.

    There are stiffness options... is there a standard stiffness for eventing? Or a rule of thumb, like are stiffer whips kinder than flexible whips?

    Thanks
    I think that's all personal preference.
    I know that I want a whip, that if I use it, I only need to use it once.
    I do not like super flexible or stiff whips because I don't think they get the job done. I like something that's on the stiffer side of meduim, that has a skinny handle because I have little hands and it has to have the proper balance no matter what or its not even worth carrying.

    (Really Really Picky Whip Person Right Here)
    -Chelsie
    "Hell yes I can ride. I was riding when I fell off!"


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    I think that's all personal preference.
    I know that I want a whip, that if I use it, I only need to use it once.
    I do not like super flexible or stiff whips because I don't think they get the job done. I like something that's on the stiffer side of meduim, that has a skinny handle because I have little hands and it has to have the proper balance no matter what or its not even worth carrying.
    Thank you this is helpful! I am really picky too after having a whip that was really unbalanced. I like a long whip, but the longer they get the more pendulum-like they get. I like my current Fleck, which I think is 26".



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    I think I used slightly stiffer than medium. I ordered directly from the website.



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    I just ordered one from Fowler's as a gift and I was pleasantly surprised at the fast turnaround time (3 days from order to delivery!). They were easy to work with and the whip looks great. I think I paid about $53 including shipping, and got all the medium options.

    It's a little annoying how much Smartpak charges for a Fowler's whip, as I am usually a big fan of their prices.



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    HeyMickey, what did you end up with?! Those are my criteria too!! :-D
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."



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