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Hand Bat
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Manufacturer: Roma (View all products by Roma)

Model: Hand Bat (View all Hand Bat reviews)

Category: English Miscellaneous

Purchase: I needed a short bat for jumping, as opposed to the regular crop I usually carry when I ride on the flat, so I opted for the "hand" bat from Roma. I bought it new for approximately $10 Cdn.

Likes: It's a hand-shaped bat, approximately 18" in length. I bought it in hunter green (my colour) but other colours are available. It's a bit more light-hearted then a regular bat, which makes it a good choice for young-uns (if they even need a bat at that point), schooling or eventers.

Dislikes: Not really a fault, but something that goes along with a product like this... The shaft is on the thicker side so there's no flex, or give, with the bat at all. It feels dull (for lack of a better word) if you need to tap the horse with it, and if you're not dead-on with the tap (if you accidentally tap the horse with the shaft, for example) it will deliver a bit of a sting. It also doesn't make a 'pop' sound when you tap the horse (a good motivator) because the leather is stitched to form 1 piece, not 2 as with traditional crops or bats.

Quality: The stitching is tight, and the materials are of good quality. The rubber grip handle is really appreciated, and stops the bat from slipping out of your hand easily.

Summary: Nice bat, but I might opt for a more traditional one next time with a popper on the end. I'd also like to caution people against using a bat or crop on their horse unless they are experienced riders or handlers with proper knowledge of how and when to use one. Before buying a set of spurs or a crop (or bat), I always test it against my own thigh to feel what the horse would feel. If it hurts me, chances are it'll hurt the horse... so I look elsewhere.

Rating: 3

Author: Katie W

Date: 2007-01-03

Usefulness Rating: 2.875 out of 5.
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