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Quirts are the American equivalent of the riding whip/crop and there are many regional variations. It is sometimes called a riding quirt, horse quirt, or a dog quirt.

The thongs on a quirt are made of leather, buffalo, or cow hide. The core of the quirt is usually a leather bag filled with lead shot; the main part including the handle is often made from braided leather or kangaroo hide.

Quirts are suitable for BDSM play and could be used in place of a crop in a scene.

The Irving Klaw photographs of the model Bettie Page often showed her in a dominant pose holding a whip, usually a quirt.

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