The switch, also headstock mentioned, is original a stick-like aid between 50 and 130 cm for affecting and punishing the horse when riding was developed. The switch serves here not only the punishment, but gives to the horse also instructions, which are not to be given with the other assistance not or so clearly.
A further use for switches lies than corporal punishment instrument in the range BDSM.
In former times the core of the switches from woods was manufactured such as Haselnussruten, Rattan, lichens, pasture staffs or in today's time is used however primarily a fiber glass rod for it. Generally by an appropriate shroud end a handbroad grasp is formed, which changes 120 cm then into a long staff - between 25 -. At the grasp is mostly still another Handschlaufe from leather, in order to facilitate a carrying around the wrist.
As conclusion both small reinforced cords are used (with shrubs at the end) which corresponds also to the Cracker usual with whips, or they end in a broad lax one (impact) of a piece the leathers/plastic to consist.
The body and the handles are encased offered either with plastic, in addition, leather coats are quite usual (mostly with jumping switches). In addition, Glassuren with samples are offered, primarily for Dressurgerten.
The switch can be used in different places of the The normal position for the switch employment is the flank of the horse, if possible close of the place, at which also the Unterschenkel of the rider presses against the Pferdeleib. With Remonten the shoulder an effective place of work is frequent. For the improvement of the Hankenbeugung the switch can be inserted also on the croup of the horse.
The length of the switch depends on the targeted application. For the jumping riding shorter switches are used starting from approximately 50 cm, which frequently with a widened final range, which is provided gossips. Into the Dressur switches are inserted from 110 to 130 cm. The maximum lengths for switches at the tournament, permitted on German tournaments, amount to 75 cm with impact (jump) and/or 120 cm with impact (Dressur).
Most switches used today have a core from fiber glass, which umsponnen with a fabric coat is, which be besides still painted can, in order to avoid a scrubbing of the switch at the riding trousers. Switches are cut also traditionally from Haselnussruten.
It generally gives 3 different switch assistance:
Within range the BDSM switches are used frequently as corporal punishment instruments. Their safe employment requires motor being able and anatomical basic knowledge.
For travel purposes switches also plug-in or switches are manufactured in the form of telescope systems. Also remarks as simple plastic switches are offered in the Erotikbereich.