I honestly don't really like the idea of using spurs. However I have been put in a couple situations recently where I was put on a horses that were trained with spurs and due to the fact that I did not own a pair my riding was terrible because their sides were so tough and they were so stubborn and I was so nervous I could not get them to get past a trot.
I do not own a horse but I take lessons. If I am put on a lesson horse that is not responding without issue they give me a crop and tell me to whack the horse. So I suppose if there are spurs out there that have the same effect as a crop effect of just giving that little extra incentive without stabbing them then I guess I'd try that. I know there are rolling spurs that are balls on the end not spikes. What about those?
I don't want to get in the habit of using spurs, once I get my own horse I don't plan on depending on them to make my horse walk/trot/jog. But seeing as I do plan on trying to become more diverse in my riding technique etc why not get a pair. I just want to buy the right kind and ones that are not too crazy.
I was looking at a roller Waterford spur, round end spur, and a roller rowelled spur.