Here's the problem though. He is VERY VERY slow and lazy in the ring (much better on the trails). I use a crop on him, but it doesn't make much of a difference. If you do use the crop hard enough to make it effective, you really have to smack it HARD! I don't really like hitting the horse this hard. However, this is what his owner told me to do. I was wondering if spurs could help. Just gentle knob spurs, I don't think Boy needs sharp ones. Can someone please tell me if they think spurs are necessary in the case of Boy? And if not, do you have any other suggestions of how to speed him up? Thanks!