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    02-25-2012, 10:07 PM
Originally Posted by jumanji321    
IMO If you aren't coordinated enough to put both reins in one hand to use a crop, you shouldn't use one.
I never said I use one, now did I? And to add another thing to my list of dislikes about crops, it looks kinda funky in a show. Grab the reins with two hands and pop your horse ... just looks wierd... So really I don't just mean about coordination - though I was implying that with the whole rein drop thing, I also mean that grabbing the reins just looks odd to me...
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    02-25-2012, 10:14 PM
Originally Posted by tecara    
Mac does not neck rein at all and many have said that most drafts don't because of the muscle density they don't feel the light cue of the reins....
That's nonsense. Ignore whoever told you that. The nerve endings on the skin do not change regardless of the underlying musculature.
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    02-26-2012, 09:00 PM
I've never used spurs on my horse, although I don't think they are cruel if you use them responsibly.
    02-26-2012, 09:50 PM
If you are not co-ordinated enough to put your reins in one hand and use a crop you should practice ! All it takes is muscle memory.

I am not 100% against spurs, but I do think they are way over used and used by people who should not use them. Imo spurs are NOT for forward. Or for dull/lazy horses. They are only for refining the aids. If you don't have a great leg, it is easy to accidentally spur your horse. You can't accidentally beat your horse with a crop !
    02-26-2012, 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
you can't accidentally beat your horse with a crop !
I disagree.. >.>
I accidently smacked Lucky on the neck/shoulder quite a few times after deciding I was going to attempt to ride with a crop and try to use it..Didn't work very well, lol.
Albeit she wasn't "beaten" by it..but still.
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    02-26-2012, 09:58 PM
Then you weren't riding with it correctly.
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    02-26-2012, 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by countercanter    
Then you weren't riding with it correctly.
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Exactly. Which is why I don't use it in the saddle anymore. My point was, you sure can accidentally "beat" your horse with it if you don't know how to use it.
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    02-26-2012, 10:04 PM
Its hard for me to believe you were actually smacking your horse with it ! Tapping maybe.
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    02-26-2012, 11:08 PM
Originally Posted by Iseul    
I disagree.. >.>
I accidently smacked Lucky on the neck/shoulder quite a few times after deciding I was going to attempt to ride with a crop and try to use it..
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Unless your hands are flopping all over the place, I don't see how that can happen.

I ride with a 120 cm long dressage whip every single time. When held naturally, it is impossible to accidentally touch the horse with it.
    02-26-2012, 11:24 PM
What's important is if you're going to wear spurs, make sure you always "ask nicely" with just your leg first, then add spur if they don't respond. That way, they always get a chance to respond to leg before they get the spur.
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