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post #1 of 17 Old 10-14-2010, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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I am an English rider who competes in jumping and flat classes. I would like to know people's opinions on using spurs and which type of spurs to use for English? I am currently riding a lazy stubborn horse who was previously ridden with spurs and I was encouraged to try them. Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 17 Old 10-14-2010, 10:27 PM
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I ride with spurs on some horses. They're meant to be a reinforcement of your aides and not a first resort or tool for punishment. You should only use spurs if you have the stability of your leg and experience of a ride to know when to apply them and be able to effectively use them.
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I ride with spurs on some horses. They're meant to be a reinforcement of your aides and not a first resort or tool for punishment. You should only use spurs if you have the stability of your leg and experience of a ride to know when to apply them and be able to effectively use them.
I agree with this as I ride with spurs myself with me gelding because he was spur trained.

As for the type of English spurs to use, for what you want, a pair of Prince of wales spurs will work. As shown in the picture below!
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I ride with spurs on some horses. They're meant to be a reinforcement of your aides and not a first resort or tool for punishment. You should only use spurs if you have the stability of your leg and experience of a ride to know when to apply them and be able to effectively use them.

Everything SD just said.
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i agree with SD, i use spurs, and i find them very helpful, they are an extension of your leg, not a punishment :)

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They are supposed to be a Refinement of an aid NOT a reinforcement. If you need spurs to get a horse going then the horse needs reschooling.
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I use spurs sometimes, normally Prince of Wales or Knob Ends.

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Ideally spurs are used for refinement yes, but they can also be used for reinforcement especially on a lazy horse and this does not mean that you are using the spurs improperly just as an aid to training.

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If spurs are used as a reinforcement then they are being used incorrectly.

Spurs are supposed to be used so you can give a tiny signal and in a smaller area so that the horse can tell exactly what you mean when you put one leg of. I.e. does that leg on mean change lead or go sideways, on a dressage horse it is all about where you touch the horse as to what it will do!
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What about jumping spurs or I think some people call them motivators? Has anyone had experience with them - they could perhaps help. I dont have any experience with them myself, but I know a few people that use them. Maybe someone else could give a review on them or their suggested use.
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