A crop usually consists of a long rod of fiberglass or rattan cane or spring steel which is covered in leather, fabric, or similar material. The rod of a crop thickens at one end to form a handle, and terminates in a thin, flexible tress such as wound cord or a leather tongue. The thin end is intended to make contact with the horse. The handle may have a loop of leather to help secure the grip. The length of a crop is designed to allow enough leverage for it to be accelerated rapidly with a controlled flick of the wrist.
Use for spanking and BDSMEdit
- Main article: Cropping
As a spanking implement, a crop is stiffer than most sorts of whip, but more flexible than most sorts of cane. Many crops are short enough to use in an OTK position, but crops are perhaps more often used with the spankee in a bent-over position, like a paddle or cane. A crop allows the spanker precision delivery of the strokes.
First time users may find the effect intimidating as the crop was designed for animals, not humans. In the erotic novel Story of O the sadistic character Sir Stephen prefers to use a crop when spanking the submissive O. A crop is appropriate for smaller targets, e.g. labia, nipples, thus a crop is often used on a woman. A crop stings (burns in repeated use) upon impact.
In pony training, a crop is a graphically useful prop.
In other languagesEdit
In French, a crop is called la cravache; in German, die Gerte; in Italian, lo scudiscio (from Latin scutica < Ancient Greek "σκύτος" / skútos).