06-20-2014, 10:22 AM
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We used spurs with rowels for CW Reenacting (for 26 years). Although mostly for show, to complete the uniform, they were useful to move a horse out from a sticky situation. I never schooled with them at home. We also, for the people afraid of such spurs, Never drew blood with them bc you control your leg when you ride with them.
At home I preferred to school with Prince of Wales spurs. I don't know what is regulation but I DO know how to train for a "show", which was what we were doing in simulated battles. Your horse must first know that you mean business when you ask with your LEG. It's always, while training, leg first, spur if you didn't listen to my leg.
Although Dressage originated from European warfare, you are not in a dangerous situation while performing a test. =/
Therefore, your do not need the sharpest or longest spur to ride your test. I believe that you should train and be able to perform the test BEYOND the one that you are showing. Then you can use a minimal spur while in the current test. I believe that your obedient horse performing without HAVING to apply a more severe spur really shows everyone your training and your horse. I would be sad if this was not the case. Just my personal view of horse training so take this with some salt (bc it's summer) and you're getting advice for the price it's worth, free. =D