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post #11 of 12 Old 03-09-2008, 09:05 AM
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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 cant 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"

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post #12 of 12 Old 03-09-2008, 01:20 PM
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I always use spurs. english and western. I used use a crop.
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