Whips and Spurs
Riding whips and spurs are essential equipment for many riders, particularly in competition, used as an artificial aid to reinforce the action of his/her legs.
Whips are used for instruction rather than reprimanding, and should be chosen according to length. Short whips, for example, are used in jumping, medium long whips for cross-country and long whips for dressage.
Children and beginners should choose light whips with a wrist-strap attached to prevent it being lost if the grip slips. More experienced riders need a whip with a good handle grip, without a wrist-strap, for easier and more effective handling.
Spurs are used in many equestrian disciplines, especially dressage, to refine directions given to the horse in a subtle manner.
They come in different sizes to fit the heel of the rider's boot (men, women or children).
Rounded tip spurs are recommended for inexperienced riders and young, sensitive horses and blunt tip spurs for more seasoned horses and riders.