As is common with other equestrian sports and disciplines, whips are carried and used in competition by show jumpers at both the non-elite and elite levels. Results of a study from the United Kingdom showed non-elite show jumping riders more likely than elite show jumping riders to carry a whip, with a negative correlation shown between how much a whip was used during a show jumping round and the likelihood of achieving a clear round. Simply, when the whip was used, the horse was less likely to achieve a show jumping round with no faults.
Whip use is prevalent in show jumping and this research shows that increased use of the whip does not mean an increased chance of completing a successful clear round. Catherine Watkins presented the results of the study at the 2013 International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference, held July 18-20 in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Watch for a full recap of Watkins’ study on TheHorse.com in the coming weeks.