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Reply To: INPUT NEEDED! Refusing to move forward while lunging; Putting up a fight

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I will use the whip (and for a few seconds make the horse think he’s going to die) but only immediately after a horse has demonstrated egregious behavior, such as snapping at me or offering to give a kick. Other than that, I carry a dressage whip which I rarely use other than to reinforce my aids, such as a light tap to get the horse to move his hips when my legs aren’t doing the trick. However, I never hit a horse who is being stubborn or acting green. The punishment needs to fit the crime.

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