Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
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.
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"