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    05-29-2010, 03:52 PM
Okay, so on Wednesday I worked on keeping my heels down more and I had a lot more success! I've decided to stick with the nubs and just work really hard on keeping my heels down. I point my toes out a bit when I jump so I think anything longer might hurt him.
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    05-29-2010, 10:30 PM
I ride with spurs every week and I have the nubs to, if you have to turn your toes out then your probably doing something wrong I never have to. Yes with spurs your heels always have to be down so that's probably what was the matter.
    05-29-2010, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Sphi    
They're really small nubs, like 1/4 inch I think. I'm using them because he doesn't listen to just leg very much.
That, my friend, is probably your problem. Short spurs are not kind spurs, at all. If anything, they make your leg/position much harder. Why? Because you have to move your leg too far out of position to use them. You lose your "feel" and softness when your leg is so far away from where it should be.

I use 1 1/2 to 2" dressage spurs (depending on whether I am doing flatwork or jumping). All I have to do is slightly turn my toes out to press them (never jab) into the horse's sides. Much softer and kinder when you maintain such good feel, IMHO.

I also only use rounded spurs, nothing with a squared edge.

Ilovejr, if you don't have to turn your toe out to engage your spur, I fear you are riding with your toe out all the time. You may be engaging your spur constantly that way. Toes should be forward when wearing spurs correctly.

Sadly, I see many people with heels digging into their horse's sides. That is why nubbies became so popular. Learn to use your leg correctly instead of relying on spurs that require moving your leg too much.
    05-30-2010, 04:24 AM
I hate dummy spurs of any kind, mostly because my horse does, and I believe them to be harsher than a rowel, but the short ones really get my goat.

There is simply no way for me to engage the spur on my horses side without compromising my leg position - Especially because I prefer to ride smaller horses.

My spurs are swan necked with a blunt rowel and I hardly have to move my leg at all to engage them.
    05-30-2010, 09:29 AM
I mean ideally I'd like to have a longer spur where I barely had to move my leg to engage it. But the fact of the matter is that my leg moves already—I'd be engaging the spur every second. Maybe I'll graduate to longer spurs when my leg is more still, but until then I don't think I should risk it.
    05-31-2010, 12:55 PM
Thanks, Allison! Great minds think alike!

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