Thanks for posting the video. Gary and the buzzer was many years ago and he has learned a lot since then.I too wonder at the delay in California and would not want to see any rider unjustly punished.
Steve Haskin wrote a compelling article regarding the recent backlash on Victor Espinoza, and whipping in general.http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2015/05/10/whip-abuse-i-wish-i-had-the-answers.aspxThoughts?
Question is if the whipplng is severe. I use my crop/ whip while riding mymare mare. It is a tool and I use light taps. It is an aid in addition to leg for signal next expectation. Hard to judge the impetus jockeys are using in races.
You know what I'm really enjoying about this? The fact that we're all divulging and discussing this controversial topic like the adults I know we all are. Earlier this year we would have all been cranky and snapping at each other for so much as breathing the perceived wrong way. It's a very positive change that I am very happy about, we were all under a lot of stress from building tension: but the forum seems to be more relaxed now. I'm so proud of us! As for what to do about whipping: I do not think the jockeys intentionally whip the horse to abuse it, but they need to practice restraint. Rules and regulations should be put in place, but do research beforehand.
I wonder if maybe instead of, or more likely in addition to, regulating the use of the whip, they should be looking at modifying the equipment. I know they've padded the ends, but maybe something could be done to the shaft, perhaps to direct the force of the strike over a broader area? One wants to preserve the noise it makes, and one wants the horse to feel pressure, but not pain. Or maybe a light pad could be placed under the saddle towel to absorb some of the impact, so that the horse can feel the stick but not be hurt by it. Thoughts?
We have to remember also that the jockey works for the trainer and the owner and his pay is based or race results. If the owners and trainers brief him on the use of the whip and he goes against orders that is another story. I think sometimes when a horse loses or finishes out of the money the owners and trainers blame the jock and say he/she did not do enough.