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    02-10-2012, 06:11 PM
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Foal
To spur or not?

Hi there I've been reading all the posts for last few weeks and decided to finally take the plunge anyways (2 days ago) my trainer suggested that I start wearing spurs to reinforce my bending leg aids as my young young greenie falls in on corners and when doing 20m circles and my trainer. So basically just wanting all your opinions on this p.s Trainer said I've got good stable legs sorry can't think of the correct word. Thanks
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    02-10-2012, 06:25 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I would defer to your trainers judgement. That's why you hired them.
     
    02-10-2012, 06:58 PM
  #3
Foal
Thanks I'm just wondering if wearing spurs is actually correcting the problem
     
    02-10-2012, 07:18 PM
  #4
Weanling
In my opinion spurs could help you as long as you don't fully depend on them. Only use them when you really need to. For me I use spurs only occasionally on my trained horse to give me a little extra leg aids but definitely not all the time because I don't want my horse to be dull. If you and your trainer have talked about spurs and they think you have a stable enough leg for them you will probably be fine. Also, if your horse is falling in make sure you and your trainer look at all aspects of the way your horse is going and you are riding to see if theres any particular reason your horse is falling in. Hope this makes sense and is helpful! Good luck with your horse :)
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    02-10-2012, 07:22 PM
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Weanling
Is there another horse you can ride, to get used to having spurs on, before you use them with your greenie?

If your trainer feels your leg is quiet enough, and they're used sparingly for reinforcement only, then there's nothing wrong with it. You just have to make sure, you only roll your spur on them when absolutely needed. You don't want him to become numb to the spur.

It wont fix, but it will help the problem. Your spur is just a more concentrated cue. He'll get more feel, than the widespread range of your whole leg on him.
     
    02-10-2012, 07:22 PM
  #6
Weanling
^Jumper posted while I was typing. Same idea.
     
    02-10-2012, 07:26 PM
  #7
Foal
I've ridden my mare with spurs for about 6 years now (western) and have found them very helpful. Snickers is veryyy responsive to pressure and has never become dull from them. If your trainer thinks that would help, I say go for it. I'm not sure how much they would help with your falling in problem, but they can be useful for other things. I'd say make sure you are staying straight and not leaning into the circle (putting more weight on the inside stirrup) and if you aren't, what I do with Snickers is lift my inside rein pretty much straight up (indirect rein of opposition). I don't know if the same thing goes for english stuff though...
     
    02-10-2012, 07:43 PM
  #8
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Originally Posted by aggiegirl14    
what I do with Snickers is lift my inside rein pretty much straight up (indirect rein of opposition). I don't know if the same thing goes for english stuff though...
It works exactly the same way. In fact, the aid is called the same.

However, with contact an indirect rein of opposition is merely brought across and over the withers so that there is a direct line from that rein to the opposite hind leg. No need to raise it under normal circumstances. Though you could raise it if you need to adjust the neck.
     
    02-10-2012, 07:48 PM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by mildot    
It works exactly the same way. In fact, the aid is called the same.

However, with contact an indirect rein of opposition is merely brought across and over the withers so that there is a direct line from that rein to the opposite hind leg. No need to raise it under normal circumstances. Though you could raise it if you need to adjust the neck.
The spur works the same way? I lift the rein more up because I am also trying to bridle her up (she doesn't keep a good head set) and it works seems to work better haha maybe it's because of the shank on the western bit...
     
    02-10-2012, 08:18 PM
  #10
Weanling
OP - spurs, with the right rider, can be very helpful. I think what you can do on your end to make it successful is understand that there is a right and wrong way to use them and to really work with your trainer on how they should be used. It should only reinforce an aid that is being ignored. Same as the dressage whip.

Again, not tools of cruelty if used properly.
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