Our Handcrafted Riding Crop has a fiberglass core with a leather braid overlay. The keeper is a 24 inch Dragon tail and give a sharp bite when it strikes. The total length of this crop is 48 inches. The fiberglass core makes the crop very flexible and therefore should not break with normal use. Best way to use this crop is to pull back on the tail while holding the shaft and allowing the fiberglass to do the work and snap the tail.