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Hunting Whip Repair

September 16, 2010
Hunt Whip Repair

(click the photo for a larger view)

Several times per year, we receive hunt whips that are in need of repair.  Traditionally, hunt whips often have a braided loop at the end of their thongs to which the popper is tied directly.  In recent years though, and in the majority of the repairs we do on these hunt whips, we are able to modernize the point of the whip with a fall hitch and leather fall before the cracker/popper.  The last 1/3 of your hunting whip is the section of the whip that has to bear the most abuse while cracking and riding, so having a fall hitch with an easily replaceable fall and popper will help to extend the overall life of your thong.

The hunt whip repair pictured above (click on the photo for a larger view) came to us as you see it on the left – very dry, brittle, missing an attachment point for a popper, and unusable as a practical whip.  We spent some time to re-condition the full whip, restore as much of the moisture as we could to the cracking leather, and then give the whip a replaceable whitehide leather fall.  Hopefully this whip has been given many more years of life now, but the dry rotting of the leather over time has weakened the thong overall.

All owners of any type of leather whips (including hunt whips!) need to be aware that whips need to be taken care of with a whip-appropriate leather conditioner on a regular basis.  If you would like to read more about how to condition your whips, see Leather Dressing/Conditioner: How Much & How Often? and Conditioning Your Whip: Which Leather Dressing?.  The conditioner we use on our whips is Pecards Leather Dressing, available in a variety of sizes on our Whip Accessories page.

If you have a hunt whip that is in need of repair and/or reconditioning, feel free to contact us at whipmaker@midwestwhips.com.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Amy permalink
    January 18, 2014 8:02 pm

    This is such a great site! Thank you so much for the info! We are always having to repair whips at our hunt club and know one seems to know how…. It’s a list art! Thank you!

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