The carrot stick is high quality and made from excellent materials. With that said, I found a "mustang" stick in a tack store, same length and design for half the cost. I returned the carrot stick primarily because it was heavier to hold, and with arthritis in my hands grip weight matters. I did keep the Parelli string to attach to the mustang stick because the Parelli string was much better quality.
I bought the adult carrot stick without the string because I already have one with it. I need to be able to grab a stick and go. I got the silver which I really like. The stick is perfect weight and length for liberty and riding. Very high quality. Every piece of Parelli equipment I have purchased has been the best. I have another brand that I never use anymore because the balance weight is way off. This stick is balanced well.
I just bought this fun-colored pink stick for my daughter, but I still have several of my own original orange sticks from 20 years ago that are still going strong! I kept the leather tips cleaned with saddle soap which prevented cracking.