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    08-18-2010, 10:34 PM
I use to own a nice stud like that but even then I still used spurs in roping he already had a nice stop for tie down but it could have been quicker and the spurs made him stop right now.
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    08-20-2010, 10:55 PM
I don't have anything against spurs UNLESS, they are the rollers and people JAB them into the horse...That makes me really mad. I don't use them. I teach my horses to use leg commands without spurs.
    08-20-2010, 11:23 PM
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I use spurs all the time as well, but as someone stated before only as an extention of my heel (which is what they're meant for). To make a horse go faster, whips are better (you never see jockeys using spurs) but some horses need spurs & some don't. & just because you're riding a horse that doesn't need them doesnt mean you have to use them. Just squeeze with your legs/ ankles first & then apply some spur pressure, that way the horse can't become decensitized to them.
    08-20-2010, 11:27 PM
Green Broke
I don't mind spurrs. I don't use them, I have some, but I don't use them. I think that if they aren't too harsh, then they're fine. But only use them if you need them.
    08-21-2010, 12:16 AM
I agree to only use them if you need them or if you know how to get the right response....for example I was giving a lesson this morning and the girl was riding with the same spurs she always uses but at the end of the lesson I noticed her horse was bleeding because she was kicking so hard
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    08-22-2010, 06:23 PM
I think spurs are fine, in the right hands, so to speak. Before using them, one should have to learn to control their feet, so as not to abuse the horse. But I can also see how someone could call using spurs abusive, especially if they are at the end of the wrong legs.
    08-22-2010, 06:44 PM
I only have one horse that wear spurs on and I only very seldom use them. Denny is so sensitive that he would freak out if I touched him with a spur. Most the other horses I ride are green and spurs don't do any good on green horses, the create tail wringers and can cause bucking. Dobe is the only horse I wear mine on because, while he is a very well trained horse, he occasionally has his sluggish moments where he knows he needs to get in front of that cow but just doesn't want to. A little press or bump from a spur will wake him up and remind him "I don't mean in a minute, I mean NOW".

What most people don't realize is that using spurs with every stride (like you see a lot of barrel racers do) actually causes a horse to run slower than what his potential is. They begin to anticipate the pain of the spurs and to brace their belly against it, essentially sucking their belly up away from the spurs. That shortens their stride and makes them run slower. I get much better results (and sounder minded horses) with soft, steady leg pressure when I ask for the flat out run.
    08-23-2010, 02:10 PM
On my horses I usually don't use spurs if they are not lisening I use 6 point roping spurs but at races I use Charmayne James Bumper spurs at races I also use a different saddle, bit, etc. then my horses know when we are just running for fun and when I am realy serious.
    08-23-2010, 02:20 PM
Spurs can be great aids or abusive. It all depends on the rider AND the horse.
If you put spurs on my 9 yr old gelding... you'd be thrown. He is very sensitive. He will work a cow with the best cutting horses with just a squeeze of the calf... or run a 17 sec barrel pattern in a big arena without being pushed.
My filly on the other hand... you need spurs for anything serious. Usually if she knows I have them... I don't need them. But if I get on her without them... everything is sluggish... her spins, her stops, her sidepasses. So it really depends.
I do hate when people use them to make a horse run. It just slows them down. As Smrobs said.
    08-23-2010, 05:43 PM
I don't use them to make my horses run faster just to keep their shoulder and hips out of the way around a barrel. I have horses that run 13 or 14 in a big arena with spurs but without spurs their turns are sloppy and we only get about 16s.
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