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Where to carry crop/whip?

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  • Where to carry crop/whip?

    I teach a number of low-level riders and I always tell them to carry their crop or whip across the middle of the thigh. I had been a bat or dressage whip the same way.

    A student of mine is showing on the IHSA team, and the coach has been telling her to carry the crop at the hip, which I believe is quite high and creates a break at the wrist. I don't want to give her information that is "incorrect" or will take away her competitiveness in the show ring.

    I come from the Eventing land and need your H/J experience!

    Thanks!
    O! for a horse with wings! ~William Shakespeare, Cymbeline **or a unicorn horn. Whatever works.**

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    Yes they should carry it across their thigh.

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    • #3
      I've always been taught to keep a crop/whip across the thigh.

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        Thanks! I didn't know why she had been given different advice, so I was thinking it was the "new" thing to do in the ring....
        O! for a horse with wings! ~William Shakespeare, Cymbeline **or a unicorn horn. Whatever works.**

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        • #5
          yep, definitely across the thigh. Funny that the ISHA coach would tell her that because carrying the whip that high would create a break in the wrist, along with just looking ugly (would look like the rider has a tail!). After all, isn't ISHA all about eq?

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          • #6
            Am I the only one who, unless I'm actually using it, just hold the crop wherever my hands are as I am using them on my reins? I mean, I don't really think about "placing" the crop anywhere, I just hold it while I'm holding the reins and it is where it is.
            Originally posted by tidy rabbit
            Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community.

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            • #7
              Inside hand across the thigh. When I switch directions the crop switches sides.
              "The horse you get off f is not the same horse you got on. It is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible, the change is for the better" - unknown author

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              • #8
                Originally posted by GreyGelding View Post
                I teach a number of low-level riders and I always tell them to carry their crop or whip across the middle of the thigh. I had been a bat or dressage whip the same way.

                A student of mine is showing on the IHSA team, and the coach has been telling her to carry the crop at the hip, which I believe is quite high and creates a break at the wrist. I don't want to give her information that is "incorrect" or will take away her competitiveness in the show ring.

                I come from the Eventing land and need your H/J experience!

                Thanks!
                According to my instructor: "Across the thigh and down, or I'm taking it away from you."
                "Go on, Bill — this is no place for a pony."

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                • #9
                  I can tell you when I judge, carrying the crop on the thigh is very often a tie breaker in flat classes. It stuns me how many instructors do not teach kids to carry the crop anywhere!! As far as on the hip, it would depend on several things, head carriage, rider conformation. But if it is hanging down on the shoulder of the horse or waving out to side, its wrong!
                  "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"
                  carolprudm

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ExJumper View Post
                    Am I the only one who, unless I'm actually using it, just hold the crop wherever my hands are as I am using them on my reins? I mean, I don't really think about "placing" the crop anywhere, I just hold it while I'm holding the reins and it is where it is.
                    Well the idea is that your hands are still and quiet, right? So "wherever your hands are" is probably putting the crop somewhere near your thigh. I think being able to ride with the crop resting quietly on the thigh speaks to quiet/good hands. Depends on the length of the crop, though, of course!

                    Edit to add: for a regular, medium-length crop, I think putting it on the hip is incredibly stupid. I have never seen that done (intentionally) and think it is a bad idea. Unfortunately, as much as I love IHSA, it doesn't always attract coaches of the highest caliber...

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