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        08-12-2013, 03:09 AM
      #11
    Foal
    I always ride with my spurs and I also always barrel race with my spurs, but I know how to use them correctly. Spurs are not meant to be used to get forward motion out of a horse. That's where your verbal commands, seat, and leg (calf) pressure come in at. The only time you should ever use your spurs is to gently tap your horses side if they aren't being as responsive as you know they can be off of your legs. Never should you kick a horse with your spurs and if that's what you're doing there's no guess work as to why your horse is showing signs of irritation.
         
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        08-17-2013, 05:29 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    I'm with SorrelHorse, my spurs are always on my boots. If you have a secure leg and correct leg position, you can wear them and never touch your horse.. even in bad situations, it just becomes natural. I'll honestly say it's easier to get a horse tuned and a good handle put on them with spurs... for me anyways.

    Example: someone brought me a horse for a tune up ride..I went to mount up and was stopped, they said if you ride her with spurs she bucks, well I climbed on up and loped that little horse off. Good leg position and control is key when wearing and using spurs. If you've got a sloppy leg or tend to cling on to your horse with your legs, don't even think about it.
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        08-17-2013, 05:10 PM
      #13
    Started
    I used spurs when I ran my team roping mare on barrels, because that was the only way I could get her to turn right. A good lift with a spur (no jab - hold, and lift) got the job done. It also stopped her from making a heading horse turn into her left turns.
    And roping, without my spurs I would be lost.

    With a rope in your hands there isnt much they can do - so its spurs all the way. Especially to keep her from ducking out on me before I am ready lol. Silly seasoned horses.

    I even wear them on super-touchy Squiggy when we are doing cattle work/roping at brandings.
    I like to be able to not think about my reins unless I want her to back up.

    If you ride with spurs enough, you learn where they are and your limits as to leg motion. :)
         
        08-17-2013, 05:14 PM
      #14
    Started
    I agree with beau 100%
    Never use your spurs unless you need to. If he is knows your legs cues well, don't use spurs. If you use spurs when your horse's doesn't need it, it could cause him to become dull.

    I never wear spurs on my horse, ever.
    If he is showing irritation when you use them, it most likely means that he is uncomfortable with them and they are making him hurt or something. Horse's don't show irritation for the fun of it, they are always trying to tell you something. Always

    I barrel race and I never use spurs, I don't even kick my horse, unless he is not responding to my cues - but even then it is like a gentle tap of your hand on someone's shoulder.
         
        08-19-2013, 07:34 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Out of all the girls I race with only one wears spurs, and even then she doesnt use them often.
         

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