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post #1 of 13 Old 11-13-2010, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Spur for Learning to Use Spurs?

I have a pair of spurs that I use on the lazy school mare I ride. She's 12-13 and doesn't canter. So I've been using them to get her to try it. Well, she did it! But since I haven't cantered in FOREVER, I got insecure and gripped. I turned my heel too much and the rowel poked her. At the same time, a truck backfired, and we bounced a bit. ;)

Should I get a different kind of spur? I'm thinking I might be a little more daring if I'm not afraid of stabbin' her. Would a POW or sidewinder spur be a little easier for me to learn with? Of course, I'll still *have* my big boys.
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-13-2010, 05:08 PM
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You might consider a bumper type spur


Or what is called a 'humane' spur


Of course, I am assuming you are riding western since your current spurs have rowels on them. With these, they won't hurt here even if you really grip, at most, it would just be uncomfortable.

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post #3 of 13 Old 11-13-2010, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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I ride saddleseat, so we basically take a bit everything.. western this, English that.. the ones I have are dressage spurs. I'm riding in a western saddle now, tho, for added support while I learn.

They make English versions of those, though.
Le Spur - Horse.com

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Prince of Wales Spurs w/Nylon Strap Womens - Horse.com

I need straps because I have bitsy feets and the slip-ons slip off. ;)
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-13-2010, 05:26 PM
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Ah, . Yep, I would imagine that pretty much any of those would be a slightly milder option than what you have. Of course, though, you would have to be the one to say so since I am not sure what you are riding in now.

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post #5 of 13 Old 11-13-2010, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Dover Saddlery | German Pointed Rowel Dressage Spur . Those are what I have right now. I can press them hard into my skin and not bleed or anything, but they obviously upset the horse. XD It's good to have an array of tack, anyway.
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-13-2010, 05:43 PM
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So true .

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Anyone have an opinion in which ones I should get? Or an alternative? I am the most indecisive person on the *planet.*
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I would start of as mild as possible. I would get a short, round-ended spur, perhaps one that is angled down.

Obviously you can do as you please, but it is my opinion that spurs should not be used to make your horse go faster. They should be used to refine your aids - not be your only aid. I'd work getting the horse off your leg more. Spurs are just a "band-aid" solution. If the horse is dead to your leg eventually it will become dead to the spurs, and you just have to get harsher and harsher.
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post #9 of 13 Old 11-14-2010, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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We're using them to teach her to canter. She was never actually 'taught.' Her gait has been the main focus. She doesn't understand the increased pressure and paces until she turns blue. After she has a canter and learns the cues WITH the spurs, we're gradually going to take them away so that she remains sensitive. I took them right off after she bucked and we ALMOST got it.

Normally we can't use spurs to speed up her flat/runningwalk-- the back hollows out and it's just not a good deal.
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-14-2010, 01:07 AM
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has she ever cantered on her own? Like in the feild or on the lunge/roundpen? If not I think it would be a good idea to start there. It takes a whole different set of muscles to canter and it is quite difficult at first. Even just maintaining two strides is an accomplishment at first.
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