What does everyone think bout spurs? - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 56 Old 08-18-2010, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 134
• Horses: 5
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.
barrelracer7335 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 56 Old 08-20-2010, 09:55 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: In The Saddle
Posts: 98
• Horses: 0
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.

Barrel Racing Ain't For Sissies :)
MeganAndPastick is offline  
post #13 of 56 Old 08-20-2010, 10:23 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 4,336
• Horses: 2
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 dont. & 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 cant become decensitized to them.

"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly."
lilruffian is offline  
post #14 of 56 Old 08-20-2010, 10:27 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Far Away.
Posts: 3,382
• Horses: 2
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.
Cheyennes mom is offline  
post #15 of 56 Old 08-20-2010, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 134
• Horses: 5
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
Posted via Mobile Device
barrelracer7335 is offline  
post #16 of 56 Old 08-22-2010, 05:23 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Camden, AR
Posts: 491
• Horses: 2
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.
PaintedFury is offline  
post #17 of 56 Old 08-22-2010, 05:44 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 22,151
• Horses: 24
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.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
smrobs is offline  
post #18 of 56 Old 08-23-2010, 01:10 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 130
• Horses: 2
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.

Rodeo Pro is offline  
post #19 of 56 Old 08-23-2010, 01:20 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 870
• Horses: 5
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 dont 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.

Many people have sighed for the 'good old days' and regretted the 'passing of the horse,' but today, when only those who like horses own them, it is a far better time for horses. ~C.W. Anderson
Cowgirl140ty is offline  
post #20 of 56 Old 08-23-2010, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 134
• Horses: 5
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.
Posted via Mobile Device
barrelracer7335 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can someone tell me bout drafts? TheRoughrider21 Draft Horses 22 04-12-2010 03:46 AM
I don't know bout ya'll..... CecilliaB Horse Talk 15 02-14-2010 09:12 PM
*Rant* bout old Barn BarnBum444 Barn Maintenance 3 12-13-2009 01:50 PM
What do you think bout 'em buddy09 Western Riding 85 11-30-2009 08:38 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome