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post #1 of 4 Old 07-09-2009, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question HELP!!! Feet and Spurs!!!

Every time I ride english or western it dosen't matter what I do but I cannot use my leg and without using my spur.

Does anyone have any advice?
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First off, I say loose the spurs. If you need more forward motion, use a crop for now.

You need to stabilize your lower legs, and the best way I know of to do that is to ride without stirrups, LOTS. At the trot and canter when you're comfortable. Post without them. 2 point without them.

Also, your heels may not be down enough. When you apply leg, not spur, you should be squeezing with your calves, your heels still down. When you need the spurs. The action should be more of an inward rotation of your ankle, putting your toe out a smidge, maybe bring your heel slightly up if you need the oomph (you probably won't).

If your spurs have a really long neck (I think that's what it's called, the bar that the "jabbin' end" sits on...), it will be harder to keep it away from the horse's side when applying leg alone.

I hope that gave you some ideas, pics would help to see of the problem is your leg position or the design of the spurs.

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Pictures and videos will definitely help. How often do you ride with spurs? I'd say lose the spurs as well and strengthen that leg. I'm not big on riding with any artificial aid unless it's absolutely necessary, and even then, I prefer crop to spur. An unstable leg coupled with a spur is not going to be good for your horse.
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I agree, if you can't control the spur you probably shouldn't be riding with them. Just really concentrate on closing your lower leg on your horses side every single step that you are on. Make it a very conscious habit to think about your leg no matter what you are doing. Really step down into your heel and feel like you are wrapping your leg around your horses barrel. Good luck!
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