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  • Humane riding spurs
  • Are blunt spurs better than rowels

 
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    01-22-2011, 02:33 AM
  #1
Foal
Spur Training

Hello everyone, I'm new here and wanted to say hi and I hope you're all having a wonderful winter so far! Also, in the process of refining my gelding's training, I have begun borrowing a pair of spurs (with blunt rowels) from a friend and have had decent success with them. I need to purchase my own set of spurs so that they properly fit my boots, and was wondering if anyone here has any suggestions? My boy is pretty thick-skinned, but I don't particularly care for the idea of super-sharp points either. What have your spur experiences been like, and does anyone have a particular favorite when it comes to increasing your horse's responsiveness to leg aids, etc?
     
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    01-22-2011, 02:55 AM
  #2
Yearling
I ride Dressage and use the "humane spurs" like these ones:

I usually just squeeze with my calves but just wearing them seem to encourage my horse to move a little more forward.
     
    01-22-2011, 04:43 AM
  #3
Foal
Umm, why are these more humane than western spurs. In the proper hands, both are tools for training and are very effective. In the wrong hands they can cause alot of damage.
     
    01-22-2011, 11:40 AM
  #4
Foal
They're considered more humane because they are blunted at the end, not sharp. You be hard pressed to find any cuts or blood on a horse's side after a ride in those. Now, while wearing those "pizza cutters" spurs its qutie easy to pierce the horses side and cause them to bleed.

Of course, like you said, it all depends on the experience level of the rider. They're just called more humane because even in the most novice of hands it would be hard to do any real damage, at least compared to sharper spears.

IMO at least :)
     
    01-22-2011, 12:54 PM
  #5
Yearling
^^^^
What?(I know what your talking about) Scroll down to almost the very bottom and see our Prince Charming and what he did to his horse. Looks like balls to me on the end of his spurs, this is someone that need to learn to use spurs properly.

LeRoy's Sugar Foot: September 2010
     
    01-22-2011, 01:58 PM
  #6
Foal
Thanks for the input, I do like the "humane" spurs and it's nice to know that someone has quite a lot of success with them. I think I've decided to get a pair of those for when I ride english, and a pair with blunt rowels for when I take my boy to western events; and then I'll let him tell me which ones he likes best. :)
     
    01-22-2011, 02:48 PM
  #7
Trained
Most of the reiners I ride and others who ride reiners use what are called rock grinders. They are quite sharp however if used properly they work better then a blunt spur. You need less movement of your leg and less pressure. Now I do use a different spur on my Dun It mare b/c she tends like most light colored Dun Its to show scratches and that gets you DQed in NRHA. It comes down to more how you ride and how light and responsive you want your horse. If you do not have good leg control then you are might want to work on that before you even consider using a spur.
     
    01-22-2011, 04:32 PM
  #8
Trained
I like a swan neck spur with a blunt rowel. I ride small horses so short spurs like that don't really minimize how much I need to move my leg, unlike a swan neck. My horse seems to like the rolling action of the rowel much better than a blunt nib.
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    01-22-2011, 05:07 PM
  #9
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When used properly spurs are just an aid used for refinement. Any spur any style and any size can be harmful when used incorrectly. What style of riding and why do you need them? That will help get you the best advice.
     
    01-22-2011, 05:46 PM
  #10
Foal
Oh wow, poor horse. I just figured that it would be hard to cause that much damage but I guess the idiot proved me wrong... Some people these days.
     

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