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post #101 of 108 Old 11-29-2009, 03:47 AM
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unfortunately, my mare came with a spur mark on her left side. She is dark bay/black with no markings except for a dime sized white patch on her side from the spurs. They used rowells on her and needless to say, she has never had a spur mark on her since i've had her and I only use the blunt tip 1/4" ones
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the western riders use rowel spurs quite excessively
I just want to add - Rowel spurs aren't the devil. I beleive, as do many, that rowels are in fact far kinder than a dummy spur. A dummy spur pokes/jabs into the same spot - Ouch! Whereas a rowel (used properly) rolls up the horses side. I use rowels on my horse when I show - To get snappier rollbacks and haunch turns. I tried dummy's on him once - He went loopy. He hated the poking feeling. So any spur can be misused - But rowels have the potential to be much kinder than a dummy spur.

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It was a great learning experience. Riders who were using crops and spurs, were no longer needing them when they learnt this great tool.
This is exactly how I taight my boy to become light off the leg again. It all ties in to the 'escalation of pressure' idea. It is really very simple but it is amazing how many people don't grasp it and rely on spurs/crops instead.

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post #102 of 108 Old 11-29-2009, 11:55 AM
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oh I don't think rowels are the devil. I was just trying to show an example of a spur used in the wrong hands. Could happen with any style of spur.

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post #103 of 108 Old 11-29-2009, 03:06 PM
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But I think you see more abuse with a rowl then you do a dummy. If your horse has spur marks, my trainer confinscates your spurs right then and there. So I don't overuse them, I don't ask for every movement with them, I jsut use them to get a snappier responce.
Your so lucky to get to work with her MIE! I can't WAIT until I go down to Jim Grahm's next month!

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post #104 of 108 Old 11-29-2009, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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I had a great time Stormy! But 4 hours, whew - that was a long day. We were the last scheduled ride of the day, and there being 4 of us in the class, it took a long time.

But I loved every minute of it!

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post #105 of 108 Old 11-29-2009, 04:48 PM
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That's SO awsome! Do you have any pics? I'm really excited about Jim Grahm because I LOVE the way he teaches, and I really like him as a person, and he has compeated at the hardest competitions. I just hope he isn't like horribly mean about anything, from what I have watched he isn't....

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post #106 of 108 Old 12-02-2009, 06:52 PM
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I can't go to Jim Graham..... :(

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Oh oh, that sucks Stormy! I am sorry to hear that.

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post #108 of 108 Old 12-05-2009, 04:14 PM
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It's ok, it's that Anno and Spence both sold their ponies, Kristen was riding my trainer's pony and he is out on lease so she doesn't have a competition horse, Macy's horse is just coming back into work, Jill isn't ready to compeate hard core and neither is Georgia, Haliegh isn't going, and MD I'm not sure about, so my mom doesn't think it would be worth all the money

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