Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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If you are riding with spurs, different disciplines have different norms.
Hunter folks tend to ride with tiny spurs. I guess it is because they often ride on the backs of their calves, toes out, and would engage a longer spur without meaning to. The problem with the nub (short) spurs is that you have to move your leg out of position to use them effectively. With your leg out of position, you lose a lot of feel for the spurs use.
Dressage riders use a longer spur. That way, you do not have to move your leg out of position. You ride with your toes forward. To use the spur, you simply turn your toes out, press the spur, and then turn your toe back forward disengaging the spur. It allows greater feel and more subtle signaling, IMO.
I almost always ride with spurs. I don't use them very often and keep my toes very forward. Unless you can do this, you are often using the spurs when you don't mean to.