Whips and spurs are effective tools to help improve the responsiveness of your horse under saddle. Dressage whips can be used to make the horse lighter off the riders leg aid; if the horse fails to respond to the riders leg aid for an upward transition, the dressage whip can be used with increasing whip taps to gain a response. Once the horse performs the upward transition, the whip tap should stop and should be reinstated if the horse slows/stops without the rider requesting it. Jump whips and jump bats are short and are often used on the horses shoulder; whips should not be used as punishment tools as they can result in powerful fear associations and can lower the horses motivation to trial a correct response. Spurs are effective for aid application once a rider has trained the horse to be very obedient to the aids; Online for Equine recommend that spurs are used only by experienced riders. We stock a range of horse training equipment from brands such as Shires, Cottage Craft and Snowbee.