Originally Posted by whispering willow
What, when and how would you use them on a horse? Is it cruel not cruel? Who uses them? And why? Lol sorry just a couple questions that I have had stuck in my head and always forgot to ask :P thanks so much for the answers
Spurs are used for the purpose of refining
your leg cues, by having lighter cues for the horse to respond to.
Like any other piece of equipment, spurs can be cruel if used in the wrong way by inexperienced or ignorant riders. They very easily can stab and gouge a horse's skin and sides. How would you feel if someone kicks their legs on you as hard as they could with an inch of metal? So yes they can be cruel in the wrong hands, like anything else, but if used properly, they allow for quieter, more advanced cueing.
There isn't a particular situation that requires spurs but you will commonly find them in the show or performance ring (reining, western pleasure, cutting, roping, etc).
Overall, spurs are a personal preferance for the rider.
I myself do not wear spurs. However, I've hoping to do some better reining training on my horses, and also learn to rope, so I may be strapping up once in a while in the future if it would help me and my horse.
Especially with a dull horse.
I would disagree with you here .delete. I think it needs to be addressed as to why
the horse is dull or non-responsive, which usually is just a training issue.
And I say that because I 100% agree with:
If I can't make the horse work without spurs then it isn't the right horse for me, simple as that. Since I don't compete in a discipline where spurs are required there's no need to use them - I would rather
If you cannot get a good response from your horse with your bare heel leg cues, then you are not ready for refinement (which is what the purpose of spurs are for). IMO
from what I understand, they are used to increase the pressure of your leg aids I personally have never used them if you have a really really dull horse then I might consider using them
They are not used to increase the pressure of your legs. You can't increase pressure on a pin-prick size of a spur, or you'd stab it into your horse's side. As far as the dull horse, as I said above, the problem as to why he is dull should be addressed with training.
SorrelHorse --> You hit the nail on the head.