Should The Crop Be Banned?


Much has been made, here and abroad, about Victor Espinoza’s ride on American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby, and the fact that by most counts, he hit the horse 32 times with his whip through the stretch.

For the past few months, we have been collecting essays, both written and video, for a discussion we have been preparing to present on whipping. We asked eight people from different walks of the industry to give us their opinion on the question of rider safety, whether or not it hurts the horse, and even if it doesn’t, whether it’s the image we want to project of our sport.

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