Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Normally I don't and I wait xD But I can't do that with her, she is MY horse now, not one my parents bought for me... so ride it or sell it is my motto! Simply because I want to get in to this as a sport, not just a hobby.
I don't think it was the spurs, I've ridden her in them from day one, and I'm very careful. Ask once with leg, if that's ignored, ask with the spurs (no idea what they're called, they have a rounded disc on them so its the movement of the disc that asks the horse to go forwards, not a jab) and then a bit of a kick. It was to get her more sensitive to my leg aids, and as has been pointed out with dressage, its better to have spurs on for more advanced movements than having to move your legs here and there. But I don't really use them, and I don't want any more fur scrapes, so I'm going to leave them on the side of the school, so then we can do our basics, and if we go in to anything like leg yielding etc and we need a bit more reinforcement, we can go from there... and she's a nightmare with a schooling whip, I don't even touch her and we're off!
I'm glad you have Mitch then, so he can help you and have all your hugs and kisses xxx