Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Where the red fern grows....
I haven't had to use spurs or a crop on my QH at all, my gelding I know that if you do, he would ensure your eating the dirt as somewhere along the way, someone did something to him that he HATES whips or crops of any kind. If he is a little slow a bump with my heels on his side or a squeeze with my leg and a "get up" usually lets him know to pick up the pace.
As what everyone else has said, they are, when used properly, a good tool for some horses.