Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I mean, I've done a couple jabs before on a horse who has forgotten what leg means. I have absolutely no coordination with a crop/whip, and I probably won't ever, so I have to work with what I got.
I use rowelled spurs, so not even the nobby-spurs. I cue with my calf, then I roll the rowel, then Ill give a jab if they still haven't listened. I've never had a horse sore or have marks from my spurs and the technique has always worked for me and my horses. A lot of people will tell me I'm wrong for it and that's not what they're meant for. BUT, they're meant for refinement, yes? That's exactly what I'm doing. If I would've touched my old horse in both of her sides with the spur before my calf, she would've taken off at a fast canter/gallop. That was my refinement, it looked absolutely effortless to ride her, but it was hard work to keep your leg steady enough that there was no jabbing at any point during our ride. If I was in a pleasure class (which wasn't her forte..but, we did go in anyway, haha), I didn't want to have to lean forward and move my seat at all, so I preferred to have her go with a brush of my calf instead of my seat during those classes/shows.
For those trail classes, I rolled one spur and opened a rein for a sidepass over a log/pole.
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