Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Most people I know ride in spurs from the first day they back a horse.
However, these are people with the ability to say when they do and don't need them. If they're there, then they don't have to fuss with getting off and putting them on.
The first time I rode Duffy at my place it was with spurs. And was until Christmas time when I learnt an invaluable lesson. We had a tester moment, she refused to go forewards, and as I can't carry a whip with her, I asked, then gave her a firmer cue, which she didn't appreciate and threw a buck, then threw a huge buck and I landed in the dirt, on my back. When I got up, the second buck was due to me clinging on with my spurs and I quite literally skinned her.
I took them off and haven't ridden in them since.
Now, my old man, you had no choice. All horse's sides are sensitive- how do you reckon they feel the flies and swat them off?
But he ignored leg aids in the beginning.
As for whips, they can be just as bad, I've seen a horse come of our riding school on more than one occassion with huge welts all over his rump.
Its not the quipment, but how you use it, and if you aren't responsible, or steady enough- don't blinking use it.
Anyone who wants to say 'its not norma to wear them blah blah blah'... its not 'normal/natural' to ride a horse, so go stick it in a field.