Unbeknownst to many laypeople, the horsewhip is not an instrument of punishment or torment. In fact, equestrians employ the whip–or quirt, or riding crop–as an adjunct of the arm. It delineates personal space and sends signals to the horse to change pace or break a pattern, for example. Where a horse’s hide is thick, application of the quirt is noticeable but rarely painful. Enthusiasts often train or show with a variety of crops depending on the circumstances. Without organization, these whips are either misplaced or lost forever. This is why an excellent horse whip holder should be among the most necessary tack room supplies.
Importance of Organization
Horse supplies have a way of growing legs and walking off. Reins, halters, blankets and all manner of stall supplies can quickly go missing, whether you have one horse or many. Of course, any equestrian will confess to the significant financial investment necessary for a full battery of stable supplies. Accordingly, in the interest of both time and money, maintaining a facility with easy access to the tack and gear is essential to competent horsemanship.
From brushes to shampoos to shoes and saddles, there is much inventory of which to keep track. The old adage about having a place for everything and everything in its place is particularly germane for horse barns. With numerous quirts to utilize, a designated place for riding crops is a good idea lest one or more of them becomes absent without leave. Fortunately, they can find a good home.
The Wide Variety of Horse Whips
Although quirts and riding crops are terms used interchangeably with the more generic horsewhip, they also designate specific types of the whip. Among the many varieties are:
- The Crop — This is the most frequently used whip. Ordinarily between 24 and 30 inches in length, the crop consists of a fiberglass rod wrapped in leather or cloth. Used just behind the leg to prompt forward movement, the crop is probably the most easily breakable of the riding whips.
- The Show Cane — This piece, as its name denotes, is purely ornamental, and never used to animate an equine. Often rigid, even steel-constructed–these decorative canes are covered by leather and can be very pricey.
The Dressage Whip — This tool is very much like a crop, but longer, at about 45 inches. With a short lash at the end, the dressage whip allows the rider to tap the horse behind the leg while maintaining full control of the reins.
The Lunge Whip — Beneficial when training a horse without the benefit of tack, the lunge whip is designed to regulate a horse’s pace and speed. Between 45 inches and seven feet, this whip’s lash is nearly as long as the rod. It is primarily a pointer: the horse accelerates when it points forward and slows down when pointed toward the hindquarters.
The Jumping Bat — The bat is also similar to a crop in design. In purpose, however, it is used to remind the steed to tuck its legs in while executing leaps over fences and hurdles.
These are a few of the myriad whips available to riders and trainers. There are more depending on the setting — cattle work, racing, showing etc.
Horse Whip Holder for Convenient Access
Whip, bats, and crops are many and varied. Keeping them together and ordered makes for easy acquisition. Horse whips are indispensable tools for the training and guidance of equines. As fundamental as they are to quality horsemanship, they are also prone to get left behind or mislaid. A vessel for storage solves this problem.
Made of either wood or vinyl, horse whip holders are easy to mount and require little to maintain. Furthermore, they keep the whips clean and in good condition. The crops can be ordered any way the rider wants: by use frequency, by size or even by color. Should the barn house several horses of several owners, horse whip holders of different capacities and colors help to keep everyone’s respective riding crops separated and available. Indeed, these holders bring order and advantage to every stable and tack room.