The English rider's whip is carried on the off (right) side, and is used in place of the rider's right leg to cue the horse on the off side. The sidesaddle whip is between two and four feet long, depending on style of equipment and competition rules, when applicable. Western riders generally use the romal (a type of long quirt attached to the end of a set of closed reins) to support cues in place of the right leg.
Sidesaddle Riding Canes and Whips historically have been made of different materials, usually depending upon what was available to the manufactures and merchants. Also, depending upon whether the rider was taking a stroll down Rotten Row or galloping the field with hounds on a hunt! Here are a few examples. This is a string covered antique wood whip, a bit longer than the normal riding crop.
This one has a wood shaft with a decorative topper.
Here is another one made of wood - intricately carved out of one piece!
I would be afraid that I could break this beautiful piece of art!
Bamboo was and still is today an excellent choice for a sidesaddle cane.
Whale bone whips were very popular and some very decorative in the 1800's.
This is another whale bone whip. Most, as you can see in this picture have a curvature along the rod.My choice is a bamboo cane. It is strong and straight enough to be used to replace the pressure signals I want to give Oliver since my leg is not there. In fact - we lovingly call it my 'wooden leg'!