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post #21 of 56 Old 08-23-2010, 05:28 PM
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^^And that is exactly what they should be used for, refining the turns, picking up a shoulder or moving a hip. Good for you, using them the way they should be used.

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^^And that is exactly what they should be used for, refining the turns, picking up a shoulder or moving a hip. Good for you, using them the way they should be used.
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post #23 of 56 Old 08-23-2010, 09:04 PM
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I believe there is no reason to use spurs at all!!! I understand some horses are trained with spurs, I just dont see why you cant 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
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post #24 of 56 Old 08-24-2010, 10:13 AM
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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.


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I believe there is no reason to use spurs at all!!! I understand some horses are trained with spurs, I just dont see why you cant 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 dont need spurs. And respond to the slightest pressure.

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post #25 of 56 Old 08-24-2010, 10:26 AM
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I love spurs. I had to buy a pair because my horse is STUBBORN and so when I bought a pair I would just tap or roll em. sometimes I have to do a kick..not a hard,cruel type but not often. I also give her a break from them as to not make her "numb" with spurs and use a crop and she responds good to the crop but more scared of it so she ends up bucking O.O ehh...yea...we have our good days and bad....but spurs are awesome...I don't like the pointed ones..I have the rounded off kind.
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post #26 of 56 Old 08-24-2010, 10:28 AM
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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 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.


you have a good point.
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post #27 of 56 Old 08-24-2010, 10:43 AM
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I use spurs with all my horses. Once a horse gets about 4-5 rides I put my spurs back on. If used properly they will not dull the horses side. They will enhance the movement of your horse.

Just b/c they are on your leg/foot does not mean you have to use them.

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post #28 of 56 Old 08-24-2010, 04:59 PM
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I don't use mine all the time. I use em if she won't go and she stalls...or I do it I am loping and I kiss and tap-not hard-
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i hate them. they are used wrong so much more than they are used correctly...it kills me

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post #30 of 56 Old 08-24-2010, 05:12 PM
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personally, I am not sure if I use them correctly but in the past she was a gaming horse and a girl used them on her. She responds the best to the cues with spurs without being abused. I like them and you don't have to be cruel to use them and if used right you won't make your horse numb on the sides.
They can really help because they are more precise.
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