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post #1 of 12 Old 03-04-2008, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Spurs, crops, and underovers

I was wonder what you guys use to get your horse to move when just leg pressure isn't enough. Also mention what you think you shouldn't use or is inhumane.

My trainer absolutely HATES spurs and I can't even use them. I think that they are a great tool that improves responsiveness if used correctly. But we use crops and underovers all the time.

So what do you think?
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-04-2008, 09:23 PM
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I have no problem with using any of those, as long as they're used properly. They're only aid extensions.

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post #3 of 12 Old 03-04-2008, 11:32 PM
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i have no idea what underovers are but spurs and crops are fine when used correctly. maybe practice with the spurs when your trainer isnt watching lol

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post #4 of 12 Old 03-05-2008, 06:58 AM
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I use reins to slap on neck. However if you are english rider it's not gonna help much. :) My horses absolutely hate crops so I prefer to stay away from those.
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-05-2008, 10:08 AM
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Yea, I've used them all, and some of them at the same time. As far as crops though, whenever I ride english (which is rare), I prefer to use it as little as possible and phase it out slowly. It's not that I don't like them, but I don't like using my hands if I don't have to. They're kind of cumbersome.
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-05-2008, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by jazzyrider
i have no idea what underovers are
they're ropes you tie to your saddle horn to hit the horse with.... pretty much the same as hitting them with split reins.......

yeah, I agree that they are aid extensions, but for some reason my trainer thinks spurs are absolutely evil and cruel...... which i find ironic because he's was a bareback bronc rider and a bull rider...... go figure
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post #7 of 12 Old 03-06-2008, 03:08 AM
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Any of this equipment should ever be a problem as long as it isis legitimate.

I always ride my horses with spurs in case they are needed. All they are is a 1/4 POW.
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post #8 of 12 Old 03-08-2008, 11:20 AM
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I ride in split reins so whenver he fails to listen to my leg pressure I flick my reins. When he first started ignoring I would have to pop him on the neck and its eventually gotten to all I have to do is just slightly flick the end of my reins and he goes. I prefer 9' reins, 8' at the shortest. These you can actuall flick the rump with if you choose to do so.

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post #9 of 12 Old 03-08-2008, 03:27 PM
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I never smack my horses shoulder, if leg pressure isn't enough I click, if clicking doesn't work I make noise like slap the rope on my thigh and if he STILL ignores me I slap his butt with the end of the rope but I never sit there and kick and kick and kick, I just squeeze and he doesn't get the squeeze I start going up from there like clicking and all. I don't think spurs should be used to go faster, I only believe in spurs for refined communication.
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post #10 of 12 Old 03-09-2008, 07:39 AM
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I always carry a whip (or crop) when I ride my horse, to back up my leg aid if she is feeling a bit slow, but I never have and never will wear spurs, I hate them!! But I do believe that they should ONLY be used for refining the aids, and not for making the horse go faster!!

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