The whip is fine, pops relatively easily, light and is flexible. I gave it three stars because it is too long and there were no defining dimensions on the description. I even emailed HorseLover for length, and their answer wasn't what I received. It is very difficult to find a whip with a 48" shaft, and that was what I thought I was ordering. The shaft on this whip is 60". I haven't had the chance to work a horse with it, so I hope I don't find it too cumbersome.