Originally Posted by puppluuv
OK I am new to the forum, (somewhat new to riding) so go easy on me. I have a 15.4 QH that is as stubburn as a mule. I am a larger person, but he is a large very well fed horse so that should not be the problem. I have done all sorts of ground work, spinning, serpintines, Etc. Jordan is just extremely slow and will not pick up the pace with anything I do. He will decide to take off at a run for no reason, so I know he can do it. Because he is semi unpredictable I do not want anything else in my hands, I.e. Whip. I see a lot of you believe in the spurs, have you had any problems with using them on horses that have never had them used on them? Bucking, rearing, that kind of thing? I know its more of a grazing touch and not a stabbing. Just wanting to know what to expect.?
Welcome to the forum!!
As for your question, it depends on a few things. In my opinion, since you say you are fairly new to riding I would wait on using spurs. Before using either
, I would find a local trainer and maybe take a lesson or 2, with someone who can see how you 2 are interacting and give you a few pointers & excercises.
Even though holding a whip in your hands may seem like more of a problem right now, I think it would be a good idea for you to try. If you hold on to the whip/crop correctly it shouldn't hinder use of your hands at all (When I first started, I thought the same as you about them getting in the way). Another reason I would try it in your situation to use a whip instead of spurs first is if your horse were to act up suddenly, you are probably more likely to try to hang on with your legs and feet. And if you're inexperienced you may inadvertently spur him. Whereas, if you are using a whip and need to rely on your hands as well as your legs to hang on, you can either drop the whip as you grab to hang on or most likely the whip will end up pointed away if you hang on. Basically, you can always let go of the whip if you need to, but spurs are on until you take them off.