Excellant post Tiny!!! Thank you for sharing that!
I would be afraid that a horse that can tune out a leg, can tune out a spur if it is used in the same way the leg was used.
That is just my opinion. I think that spurs are for horses that are already forward moving and you want to add refinement , especially with lateral work.
This exactly!! To add, I was taught that spurs are there to lift the horses back up into the riders seat - not drive the horse forward.
oh , yeah another thing about this lesson of the leg. She said do it from the second you are in the saddle. So, you get on, you ask for him to walk out, he slugs along at snails pace for one or at most two steps. Let him have it!
You are a new YOU! And he has to wake up and join the party.
When I rode with Dorothy Crowell last *She is an Olympic Eventer for the U.S.A* she taught me the same thing. She called it "Good Leg, Bad Leg"
You ask the hair, you ask the skin, you ask the ribs - no response - WHAMO. What I mean by "Whamo" was, lift your legs up off your horses side, and slam them down.
The horse moves forward after you let him/her have it, halt and repeat the process.
Ask the hair, ask the skin, ask the ribs - nothing, let em have it.
If you ask the hair, ask the skin and the horse moves off, praise, halt and repeat.
Continue to do this, until you only have to ask the hair. You should beable to use your good leg, to get your horse infront of your leg - if you cannot, then you have to use your bad leg to get your horse to respect it.
Good Leg, Bad Leg.