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  • In a dressage test is a crop or spurs

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    03-09-2008, 09:05 AM
Originally Posted by Abby
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.
in a dressage test voice commands are frowned upon and I think you can lose points for doing so. Teaching a horse to go when asked can't always be associated with a voice command/noise of any kind. I slight tap is all it takes for them to listen. Its not about 'hitting' them with it. With jarred or possum all I have to do is rub the crop/dressage whip or rub with the spurs and they go. Its incentive to go because they know what could happen cause its a whip. Its very rare that youu ever have to actually tap or much less hit the horse

And yes refined communication is a good use for spurs.
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    03-09-2008, 01:20 PM
I always use spurs. English and western. I used use a crop.

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