Whips are an important tool when learning liberty work with your horse. They are simply an extension of my arms to help me to be more clear, accurate, and precise with the cues that I give my horse.
Over the years, I have spent a lot of time trying to find whips that have the weight, feel, and flexibility that work best for my liberty program. If they are too stiff and heavy, they are cumbersome to use, and it is very difficult to achieve the energy, softness, and finesse that I strive for with my horses. However, if they are too flexible and floppy, they tend to kick back and jump around in my hand, which creates an unbalanced and inconsistent energy that can be confusing for my horse.
What I was looking for is a balance between these two extremes - a whip that is very light in my hands with a strong, relatively firm core, yet still retaining just the right amount of flex and softness to it while staying very balanced and quiet in my hands.
I am excited to be able to share that I have partnered with Fleck Whips to produce my new line of whips that encompasses all of these features and more! Fleck has been creating quality handmade whips and crops since 1870, and I am thrilled to be able to use and offer a line of whips of this caliber, at an affordable price point.
I designed the ends of these whips with specific features in mind. Rather than being stiffly pointed to one direction, which would require the whip to be held at the same angle all of the time to allow the lash to hang correctly, these tips have a soft, flexible braid that allows the lash to hang at any angle, which makes them easier to use.
The handle of the whip has an ergonomic, formed shape and textured grip to hold my hand securely in place. The end of the handle has a slight flare to keep the whip from sliding through my hand, and the extended length of it allows allows me to choke up on the whip if necessary, while still being able to hold the uniquely shaped, ridged portion of the handle.
All three whips are black in color, with beautiful red tracers throughout the shaft and lash. This creates a classy, solid black look from a distance, while giving them a distinct texture and flare up close.