Originally Posted by barrelracer7335
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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I hope you didnt think my post was directed at you. It wasnt. I was just showing the difference in my horses. My horse is still in training for barrels, so our times arent amazing.. but I have always held him back as well. But I could never put spurs on him. Spurs just distract him. BUT... he is incredibly sensitive.
Originally Posted by Frankiee
I believe there is no reason to use spurs at all!!! I understand some horses are trained with spurs, I just don't see why you can't just use your heels. Especialy in gaming if your horse lovees to run you should not need to push then. Shure it may help but there is other ways to get your horse more responsive. This is only my opion tho
See... Heels are alot broader than spurs. I use spurs on most horses I get in for training, as I want the most refined cues I can get. The spur touches a lot less area than a heel, therefore make cleaner cues. In my experience and opinion. But there are some like my gelding who don't need spurs. And respond to the slightest pressure.