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  • What spurs to use on a tense horse
  • Barrel race magic seat hurting leg

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    01-20-2012, 06:14 PM
Green Broke
I lose my stirrups sometimes from kicking and/or if I know I might hit the barrel with my leg I'll kick my foot out of the stirrup on purpose and hold my leg back...That said, I'd rather lose my stirrup than band my feet..I know I can ride and stay on with no stirrups...I never said they were bad riders, but wearing the bands over and over teaches you to depend on using them, in turn hurting you in the long run.
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    01-20-2012, 06:21 PM
Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
...so heck yeah people are going to kick and kick and kick their horses to get the best time they can. Some people use bands just to give a little more confidence in the saddle...
See, now this could start a whole other debate too about the usefulness of kicking a horse in regards to speed.

Every time you kick a horse, especially if you are wearing spurs, they anticipate the pain of the kick and tense their belly. That, in turn, shortens their stride and makes them run slower. I often wonder when a girl wins a race while her legs are flapping like a duck trying to launch how much faster her run would have been had she tried to keep a quiet seat and legs and used a crop on the rump instead.

But, then again, I guess if people really want to ride like thisVV and use crutches like bands under the guise of "getting the best time they can", then I'll just continue to pity their horses and wonder how much better they could be if they took the time to learn to ride properly.

    01-20-2012, 06:23 PM
Haha funny pictures!
    01-20-2012, 06:27 PM
Green Broke
Wow, that second girl is in for a surprise landing..Ouch.

Lol Smrobs, that exact reason is why I have my "magic whippy" as my horse show "group" call it..
    01-20-2012, 06:28 PM
LMAO, Those pictures are hilarious. THAT is unnecessary.

DrumRunner: Have you ever been hit by your "magic whippy"? Those suckers hurt and I'd never use one on one of my mounts. I have seen welts left on horses from those. A friend and I were fooling around with those and we weren't even hitting very hard and they really hurt.
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    01-20-2012, 06:33 PM
And yet people think that kicking as hard as they can with a pair of spurs on doesn't?
    01-20-2012, 06:38 PM
I didn't say anything about spurs...?
    01-20-2012, 06:40 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
LMAO, Those pictures are hilarious. THAT is unnecessary.

DrumRunner: Have you ever been hit by your "magic whippy"? Those suckers hurt and I'd never use one on one of my mounts. I have seen welts left on horses from those. A friend and I were fooling around with those and we weren't even hitting very hard and they really hurt.
Why yes I have, multiple times. I've smacked myself with it while running..It's impossible for me to use an over-under because I smack myself with it every time..and I'm not one of the girls who beat my whole the whole run. I only use it on Nikki, at big shows, and she *Maybe* gets it three times. You may have seen other girls leave welts on their horses, but you haven't seen mine. Think about things because you judge and say something.

I refuse to run in spurs, I've seen girls absolutely tear up their horse's side with even bumper spurs..Not happening with me.

Sierra actually came up with a good point a while ago...Consider kicking your horse in the ribs over and over again...what if you were hit in the ribs over and over again..It would limit your breathing and make you tense up the whole time. A horse can't run like that...I have to agree with Smrobs here and say that kicking the crap out of your horse the whole time isn't the best way to go about it...
    01-20-2012, 06:41 PM
And that's why I said "people", not "you".

IMHO, if a person is leaving welts, then they still need some lessons on how to ride. I would bet you dollars to doughnuts that DR has never left a welt on any of her horses.
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    01-20-2012, 06:42 PM
I do smrobs, I stopped using spurs when it made a cut in my mares side....I did not realize how much I used my feet and I don't even kick much because to me not only do I agree with the earlier comment you made but your basically kicking the breath out of them. My mare moves faster the more I kiss to her, she slows down when I kick and although I always have am over under wipe handy on my saddle horn I never hardly use it and if I do its only one or two pops during a run.

Edit: this is in ref to your previouse comment about the spurs not about leaving welts...and dang it Amber beat me to it :)

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