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Horse & Rider Gear is an online glossary of terms and definitions commonly encountered by horse lovers. Click on the links below to choose from our alphabetical list of terms.


A short riding stick or whip used to reinforce leg aids. Under most circumstances, riders do not need to carry a crop.

If one is necessary, it should be held in the palm of ones hand and applied only if the horse does not respond to leg aids.

The crop should be dropped at the first indication of friskiness or odd behavior from the horse, as the horse may have become spooked by a glimpse of the crop.