6 Tips for Buying a Riding Crop
Think about what you want to use the riding crop for, how you'll store it, and, of course, fantasize about how you'd like to use it with your partner. Try to choose a riding crop that exemplifies everything you've been seeing in your mind - and then enjoy it!
Now that you've discovered kink, you're finding that you love impact toys. That's totally normal. They can provide a lovely and kinky thrill to spank your partner while they're begging you for even more. As you start to explore new spanking options, you'll come across a wide variety of implements to play with: paddles, slappers, floggers, canes, whips, and, of course, riding crops.
Originally designed for use in the equine world, riding crops are long, semi-flexible poles designed for striking. You make contact with the very tip of a riding crop, and you grip it with the base handle. The tip usually includes a looped or cute design that "hangs" off the pole for a more flexible strike and noise. Here we'll take a look at how to choose one you'll love.
How Are Riding Crops Used in Kink?
In kink, riding crops are regularly used as a fun way to provide punishment during foreplay. If he's cleaning the kitchen and misses a spot, whap! If she's doing a workout and is using bad form, whap! If he's giving oral sex and isn't hitting the right spot, whap! Used lightly, they can be a fun and playful way to keep your partner "in line."
As with most impact toys, you'll want to take safety into account before you actually strike your partner with a riding crop. While paddles are relatively straight-forward and hard to mess up, it's much easier to misjudge a riding crop strike. Depending on the design of the crop, this can make your riding crop hurt much more than you intended.
The hit should come from the tag-like end. With proper striking, it should make a noticeable noise. Striking with the area right-below the tip can be extremely stingy and painful (as you're hitting with the attachment point of the shaft instead). Make sure that you practice to know how to wield the crop. Try striking yourself to understand the difference in sensations when you accidentally hit with the wrong spots. You should always know exactly how much sensation you're giving to your partner.
An alternative use is to hit with the shaft, effectively using the riding crop as a cane. Be aware that riding crops were not designed to hold up to this. It may break your toy if you get too rough with it.
Now that we have safety information out of the way, it's time to actually sit down and browse all of your awesome riding crop options. While trying to narrow down your options to that one special riding crop, try to keep these things in mind:
Mull Over Colors
Like anything in the bedroom, the colors and appearance of your riding crop can make a huge difference in its sensuality. You should pick out a riding crop that feels "sexy" to you and your partner. Whether "sexy" is bright pink and purple for a non-threatening appearance or a leather-covered black for a darker playtime, you can find a riding crop that matches your fantasies.
Decide Upon the Tip
The most noticeable part of a riding crop is the tip. The actual sensation of how the riding crop feels when it hits skin doesn't change too much regardless of the shape of the tip. However, the tip does vastly change how the riding crop looks. If you want something fun and playful, consider a heart-shaped tip or other cute shapes. If you're looking for something that exemplifies dominance, consider a standard, long floppy leather tip.