Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I generally have rowelled spurs on my boots. During any type of training, they stay on my boots and I use them when I need them. Now that I'm leasing a finished trail horse, I toss 'em in the tack trunk before I get on for a trail, because I know she won't need them.
Now, I will admit, I did get a tad annoyed during one of her buddy sour fits that included her flying backwards toward another horse at a show and I used them a bit harder than needed to gain the forward motion that was necessary for the moment, but I have not made the mistake since.
I've gotten much better results with both horses I've ridden with spurs on lateral movement. The mare I'm now leasing was in a hack, which offered me absolutely no lateral movement if she wasn't reacting to my legs. I, personally, cannot kick one leg hard enough to get her to listen if she isn't having it because my leg cramps, with the spurs I can reinforce my nudge without cramping my leg before I get the response I asked for originally. They're a great tool, but I see quite a few riders at shows who think it's appropriate to kick the crap out of their horses' sides with 3" rowels, and that is not what they're intended for.
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