Are these ok? I didn't want anything too harsh, but I didn't want the stubbs? Either. Thunder is stubborn, and we have gone over ground work many times, but he's getting bored with arena work and are also trying to move into the canter. Does fine on the lunge, but in saddle I feel like I'm constantly kicking to get him to move forward, and I don't want him to get used to the whip (plus I don't want to constantly whip him harder than a tap or small whack). Please no criticizm, I know there are tons of people who don't agree with spurs, and I will not be spuring him to death. Just a little extra instead of using my heals. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a worry wart and doesn't want to do anything to hurt my horse. This is last resort since we have gone over and over groundwork and giving to pressure, ect.
Unfortunately, my computer is being a butt still and I cannot see the picture but I am sure that they are fine. You have enough sense not to put anything on your feet that is actually going to hurt him. And you have enough sense not to hurt him regardless of what you have on your feet. ;p On all my broke horses, I use a small rowel roping spur. I only use them as kindof a wake up call when they are being sluggish to other cues or when I am working cattle and it is one of those situations that I need them 10 feet to the left 5 minutes ago, you know? Just like any bit, the spurs are only as harsh as the user although I believe the sharpened "rock grinders" that are so popular with some cowboys are harsh no matter how softly you use them.
I am sure that you made a good choice and I don't know how familiar you are with using spurs but what I do is start with a calf cue and if that doesn't work, I use the inside of my heel, then progress to increasing pressure with the spur until I get what I want. And of course, always press, never kick. But I am sure that you already know that. ;)
Actually I didn't know how to use them, so tahnks so much for the tips!! I was going to start introducing them from the ground and then when I need to use them in the saddle, have someone there with me and like you said, start with the smallest aid, then move up. And he is slow to move out when asked, he needs to be asked MANY times, so I would like to change that as well. Thanks again!! You're the bestest!
Those are perfect. They are actually more mild that what I use. I have something more similar to this with the rounded points on the rowel. I'm glad that I could help but you are a very sensible woman and I am sure that you would have made good choices completely without any help whatsoever. :)
Hmmm, I don't wear spurs to 'wake up' or make a horse go faster. I use spurs to refine my movements in a class (so that a judge can't tell) and to ask for different things. A spur to my horse is asking something different than just a heel. So the following advice may or may not apply to you.
A trick is to roll the spur on the horses side, not to jab them. The roll should do what you're wanting it to do. That way, your horse gets used to the idea of a different sensation and not this crazy pokey thing in the side.
Not many people roll their spurs it seems, but that was the way I was taught. A roll of a spur is very mild, and to my horse is a different cue than a poke with a spur. But that way it may make it a bit less scary for your horse.
All great advice thanks guys!! Hmmm ill have to figure out exactly what "job" I will be using them for before I use them then. Thanks again! He did well today, but still a little sluggish and bored, even though I was doing patterns. I really need to clean his sheath and that will probably help, just have to get a space to do it, they have the wash rack tied up for repair at the moment.
Anywho, ill refer back if I end up having any issues with them!! Thanks again!