Whip FAQs:

Q: Is whip a tool?

A: Yes, and traditionally designed to strike animals or people to aid guidance or exert control over animals or other people, through pain compliance or fear of pain, although in some activities whips can be used without use of pain, such as an additional pressure aid or visual directional cue in equestrianism.

Q: Is whip used to guide and signal direction and pace?

A: Yes, and is not used with force against the horse.

Q: Are whips designed with a heavy lead or steel ball woven into the pommel?

A: Yes, or a shot bag filled with lead shot braided into the body.

Q: Is whip primarily a whip for occasional use?

A: Yes, such as in loading cattle.

Q: Is whip often said to have originated in the English hunting whip?

A: Yes, but it has since become a distinct type of whip.

Q: Is whip flexible right to the butt?

A: Yes.

Q: Are whips also almost exclusively made from tanned kangaroo hide?

A: Yes.

Q: Is whip widely if only situationally portrayed across many avenues of popular culture?

A: Yes.

Q: Were whips made mostly of cowhide or buckskin?

A: Yes.

Q: Are whips to provide a visual directional cue by extending the reach and visibility of the human arm?

A: Yes.

Q: Is whip not precisely a horse whip?

A: Yes, though it is carried by a mounted rider.

Q: Is whip a type of smaller stockwhip?

A: Yes.

Q: Were whips effective on horse farms?

A: Yes, and horse derbies, and in other rural areas.

Q: Was whip shown internationally when lone rider Steve Jefferys reared his Australian Stock Horse and cracked the stockwhip to commence the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony?

A: Yes.

Q: Is whip heavier than the Australian stockwhip?

A: Yes.

Q: Are whips designed for use on animals?

A: Yes, although whips such as the "cat o' nine tails" and knout were specifically developed for flagellation as a means of inflicting corporal punishment or torture on human targets.

Q: Are whips up to 43 inches long?

A: Yes, and including lash or popper, and are used to refine the aids of the rider, not to hurt the horse.

Q: Are whips primarily used to make a loud cracking sound to move livestock away from the sound?

A: Yes.

Q: Is whip usually at least 4 feet in length and around one inch in diameter at the butt of the whip?

A: Yes.

Q: Is whip used on ground in cattle yards and other small areas where speed and precision is needed?

A: Yes.

Q: Are whips still manufactured for limited purposes?

A: Yes, and the buggy whip industry as a discernible economic entity ceased to exist with the introduction of the automobile, and is cited in economics and marketing as an example of an industry ceasing to exist because its market niche, and the need for its product, disappears.

Q: Is whip a horsewhip with a long stiff shaft and a relatively short lash used for driving a horse harnessed to a buggy or other small open carriage?

A: Yes.

Q: Was whip used by an Australian bullock team driver?

A: Yes, The thong was 8 to 10 feet long, or more, and often made of greenhide.

Q: Are whips used in cattle yards and also when moving pigs?

A: Yes.

Q: Were whips effective in animal yards and other small areas?

A: Yes.

Q: Are whips artificial aids used by equestrians while riding?

A: Yes, and driving, or handling horses from the ground.

Q: Were whips the first man-made objects to break the sound barrier?

A: Yes.

Q: Is whip a similar variation of the stockwhip which closely relates to the Rose whip?

A: Yes.

Q: Is whip not intended to be used on the horse?

A: Yes, but rather the lash is there to remind the hounds to stay away from the horse's hooves, and it can also be used as a communication device to the hounds.

Q: Are whips generally of two types?

A: Yes, and either a firm stick designed for direct contact, or a flexible whip that require a specialized swing to be effective, but has a longer reach and greater force, though may have less precision.

Q: Is whip also used by younger children that are not strong enough to handle a large stock whip?

A: Yes.

Q: Are whips not entirely gone?

A: Yes.

Q: Is whip the absence of a "fall"?

A: Yes, A fall is a piece of leather attached to the end of the body of the whip.

Q: Are whips often dramatic and wildly exaggerated?

A: Yes, and showing users reliably tripping or disarming adversaries under extraordinary circumstances, breaking substantial objets with normal blows, and use as a grappling aid among others.

Q: Is whip another variation of the stockwhip that was pioneered in Canada in the early 19th century?

A: Yes, though it largely fell out of use by the 1880s.

Q: Is whip cracked?

A: Yes, and to produce a very sharp, loud sound.

Q: Are whips designed to control animals by imparting discomfort by tapping or pain by a full-force strike that produces pain compliance?

A: Yes.

Q: Is whip used in saddle seat style English riding?

A: Yes.

Q: Are whips made of flat nylon parachute cord?

A: Yes, and which, unlike those made from leather, are still effective when wet.

Q: Are whips made with a leather shot bag running approximately three quarters of the length of the whip?

A: Yes.

Q: Is whip derived from the fact that this type of whip has no handle inside and so can be curled up into a small circle which resembles a coiled snake?

A: Yes.

Q: Are whips similar?

A: Yes.