Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
I think it would probably depend more on the individual horse when it comes to training levels. Some horses are super responsive to leg, others not. I know a horse who would flip sh*t if you even touched her with spurs because she's SO very sensative to leg.
As for my boy, he knows the basics. Walk, jog, lope, turn, back. I started useing spurs on him when he started to egnore my leg, and when I started lateral work.I don't touch him with them unless I need them. If I put on leg, and he decides to egnore it, I lightly touch him with them. Kinda like a "hey, when I put on leg, I mean it, and I mean it now. And I will back it up". Iv never jabed him with them, and I hate seeing people do it. Makes my ribs hurt! Lol but that's just I.M.O
I don't think a rider should rely souly on spurs though, if you need your spurs for everything, even simple things, you need to take a few steps back to ther basics.
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