Use of the Crop/Stick

Use of the Crop/Stick

question

How do you penalize/reward a rider that has to use their crop during a round? Is this action judged differently in equitation vs. hunters?

While the carrying and use of crops is optional, their usage ranges from a slight tap to a full-fledged beating behind the saddle.  The issue of using the stick during a show performance is discussed among our judges.