Britain's winningest trainer spoke out this week on limitations of whip use, telling Racing Post's Andrew Dietz he believes a whip ban would threaten the existence of racing.
Unlike American riders, who have resisted whip bans or limitations on the grounds that crops help them control a horse's direction in an emergency, Mark Johnston believes the whip is a necessary tool to induce a flight animal to run forward.
“I think it is wrong because I think you need a whip to ride horses. I get extremely upset by jockeys, usually apprentices, who think the whip is for steering,” Johnston said. “The reins are for steering, so nearly all safety and correction is with the reins, not with the whip. The whip is not there for safety and correction.”
Further, Johnston believes limiting the number of strikes jockeys may use serves to pander to an uneducated audience who don't understand the process of riding and creates a slippery slope.
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