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        06-04-2009, 11:17 AM
    I agree on the spur roll, that is what I do when I use them. I'm mostly replying on cleaning the sheath. I highly recommend using mineral oil, my vet told me this. Use rubber medical gloves, put the mineral oil in, rub, let set for a few minutes, then rub it out pulling loose dirt/smegma from the inside, and if he will drop do the rim of the head, if not, you can still get in the rim while he is pulled inside. Then take a wet rag and clean out, you can use a bucket of water, you don't have to have the wash rack. But if you leave any mineral oil in its OK. Don't know how your guy is, but it takes time to get them to drop, and allow you to mess around down there. My guy is pretty good with it. Another tip to get them to drop, is rub around their tail end, that will relax them. I know sounds weird, but works for me.
    Good luck,
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        06-04-2009, 11:33 AM
    Green Broke
    Those spurs are fine as long as you learn how to use. I don't use spurs just for the fact that I don't know how to use them properly, but my friend uses spurs almost just like that and likes them.

    However, as to the crop - if you give your cues properly - lightest "ask" first before resorting to the crop, once you start getting a consistant canter and such you will find that you rarely need the crop. The horse will start responding to that first light "ask" you provide. Just something to keep in mind if you decide the spurs are not for you.
        06-04-2009, 02:44 PM
    Green Broke
    Thanks for the tips guys! Ya im still trying out different methods as he is learning as well....spurs may not be right for our situation, but I have them in case I need them. I do start with the lightest ask, then eventually, I have to tell in varying cases

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