Determining forces generated using a padded whip and impacts on the horse


This research aims to increase our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the effects of whips on horses and the welfare costs of whip usage. It will establish a framework within which future whip research may be undertaken to address additional questions that may be asked in the future. The long term aim of this work is to provide sciencebased information to industry bodies to assist in formulation of policies and guidelines concerning use of the whip.


Thoroughbred Horses

Research Organisation

Charles Sturt University

Objective Summary

1. To objectively measure the force generated by a padded and a nonpadded whip, in a laboratory setting and in a simulated racing situation 2. To compare the force generated by a padded whip with other types of contact or pressure exerted on a horse and/or a pain threshold. 3. To evaluate methods aimed at determining changes in pain threshold after the use of the whip and determine pain sensitivity in different areas where the whip may be applied. 4. To objectively measure the effect on maintaining speed, time to run to fatigue and locomotory responses of the horse to the application of a padded whip compared with using no whip.

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Project Start Date

Friday, June 1, 2012

Project Completion Date

Friday, April 11, 2014

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

An environmentally sustainable Australia

National Priority

Soil, water and managing natural resources

National Priority

HOR-Reduce the incidence and impact of diseases and parasites in horses


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Determining forces generated using a padded whip and impacts on the horse