Riding canes are used for queues normally given to the horse on the right side. The rider can either lightly touch or tap the horse on the right side when asking for the left canter as well as when she needs the horse to bend to the right.
These canes come in many styles and sizes. My friend Brita told me this: "The hunting whips with the stag horn handles were used to reach out and grab gates, and the lashes were used to swish the hounds away from the horses, or as makeshift leashes."
They can be rather plain leather covered sticks..
.or quite elaborate with wonderful ornate tops.
Who would not love to own a riding cane that once belonged to their Great Grandmother!
Even when riding aside in a saddleseat competition, the traditional riding whip can be exchanged for a thicker and more stiff cane.