ca 1800 Quirta
The falls on a quirt are made of leather, buffalo, or cow hide. The Handles were sometimes made of animal horn or often made from braided rawhide, leather or kangaroo hide and is usually somewhat stiff but flexible.
The Quirta was used to correct the speed, direction or position of a horse in the vaquero tradition, a quirt with a long handle, known as a romal, was attached to the end of a closed set of reins. The romal was primarily used as a noisemaker to slap or goad cattle. (The handle made it too slow and of the wrong length for use on the horse.) This combination of romal and closed reins, today referred to as romal reins, or romal-style reins, is seen primarily in the horse show ring in certain types of western pleasure classes.
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