Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
The way I was taught to use them is that they are an extension of my seat bone-leg-heel. If the horse does not want to move off any of those in sequence, they get a tap with the rowel. I was also taught that if you use them properly once or twice you probably won’t ever need to use them again. However, as I learned, the hard way, just because you never need to use them on a horse, doesn’t mean you can ride the horse without them. I had a horse I hadn’t touched with a spur in years, I figured I didn’t need to wear them one day and he handled like a clapped out school bus with flat tyres, rode him the next day with the spurs and he was back to normal, didn’t go near his sides with them, just having them there was enough.