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Perhaps the objection is to the word, “whip?” Using a euphemism for “whip” might be more palatable to the FB’s.
Hi Kathy –
Linda Tellington-Jones calls her whips, “wands” and every time I’ve gone to a clinic, the attendees end up calling them whips.
The reality is that it is a tool – and a hammer can either pound a nail in or it can crush someone’s head. But it’s still a hammer.
Agreed! I’m a believer of non-aggressive methods for training my horse but I still carry a long whip when lunging (which I have never touched him with) and occasionally a schooling whip.
In the right hands a whip is equivalent to any other cue, just as even the mildest of bits with the reins in novice hands can be harmful!
I think one reason why whips are such a touchy subject is that they CAN be abused. And if I ever saw someone whipping their horse over and over again, I would go up and intervene, just as I have done so when I’ve seen child abuse take place in front of me in public areas.
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