Dressage whips, when used correctly, are an excellent tool for all equestrians – not just Dressage riders. Frequently used by riders who are schooling on the flat, competing at Dressage shows or even jumping at home. Specifically designed with a tassled end, which allows the rider to tickle or tap the horse behind their leg without the need to change the position of the hand on the reins, the Dressage whip is particularly useful as a training aid for a behind-the-leg horse, to increase responsiveness to a variety of leg aids and to improve the horse’s impulsion and forwardness.
Originally designed to be used with horse-drawn carriages, whips have evolved over the years to be used as aids for the various types of schooling and competing that modern riders are involved in. They now come in different styles, sizes and materials to suit individual riders’ preferences.
It is important to choose a whip which is the right length for you and your horse – one that feels too long will be cumbersome, whereas a too-short whip will not be able to back up your leg effectively. A larger horse will generally require a longer whip. Currently, Australian Dressage riders on ponies can use a whip up to 100cm in length, including the tassle. Riders on horses can use a whip up to 120cm.
Choose from our extensive range of lightweight, well-balanced Dressage whips from brands like Snowbee, Horsemaster, Showmaster, Sterling, and Westlake. A variety of colours, styles and lengths are available to match your schooling and showing outfits. All whips stocked are made with quality materials so they are light but sturdy, flexible, easy to grip and offer the rider excellent precision.