Top Riding Whips

An essential aid in the saddle, a riding crop or whip is a must when leg and spur aren’t quite enough—or when a horse’s training needs a little reinforcing. When selecting a style, it’s important to consider both horse and rider. Is the crop for a child or an adult? Is he or she learning to ride a stubborn pony, schooling a trail mount or competing in a certain discipline? We have some noteworthy suggestions.
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Best Basic Crop

Gifted Horse Riding Crop with Loop, 26”

Gets the Job Done

This no-nonsense crop is a good choice for the weekend rider, the young novice or returning equestrian.

What We Liked: 

No matter how far the reach to the rump, this crop does the trick. A textured grip and a handy wrist loop also mean fewer dropped crops—important for hands that are learning to hold reins and steer a horse. Plus, who doesn’t like basic black? Get yours here. 

Most Fun

Tough-1 26" Rainbow Hand Crop with Wrist Loop 

Fashion Meets Function

With its playful design and nice price point, this crop is sure to become an everyday favorite.

What We Liked: 

It stands out! Riders who tend to lose their crops out on the trail or around the barn will appreciate how the bright colors make this one easy to find, even in tall grass. (Riding schools, take note.) It’s also got that all-important wrist loop and a sturdy double-sewn popper. Find it here. 

Great Value

Mustang Manufacturing Company Quirt with Leather Popper 

Quality Plus

A well-made product that won’t break the bank, this colorful quirt is also built to last.

What We Liked: 

When you want to get your horse’s attention, this is the quirt to do it. The braided nylon is a nice touch for added durability, and the adjustable wrist loop comes in handy when you’re moving and turning at speed. Grab it here.

Best Feel

Congress Leather Harness Leather Barrel Racing Over & Under Whip

Soft Touch

An awesome choice for barrel racing, this over & under whip is also easy on the hand.

What We Liked: 

When quality counts, this sturdy harness leather whip delivers with a number of sweet features. But it’s the way it feels that we love the most. Neither too heavy nor too light, it’s so soft that we can’t resist reaching for it every time. Available here.