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Accept Swinburn offer; LETTERS.

ON THE question of the continuing use of the whip or an outright ban, Tony McCoy's view on the Morning Line was well considered, obviously true to the point and, most of all, enlightening for those of us who have never sat on a horse before.

So when Walter Swinburn, singing from the same hymn book, offers his services to educate jockeys, what are the racing authorities waiting for? Having never ridden a horse myself, I decided to ask my 16-year-old daughter Fiona for her views on the subject as an inexperienced rider of three years.

Her opinion was that a tap here and a smack there helps to educate the horse and hopefully encourages the animal to think about what it has to do.

She said that education is the answer, but if you have had a good teacher in the first place, good use of the whip is just common sense.

Archie Mackinnon Glasgow
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 1, 2011
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