I am looking for Training spurs, and the third pair is bumper spurs used by barrel racers. I do have control over my legs and what I mean, is the fact that it is hard to get her to listen to the cue to extend and gain more impulsion.
All the western shows I've been to we were allowed to use crops and the braided rope quirks (I think they're called that..? I can't remember). Over-and-Unders are also popular, be they handheld or the ones that are held on the saddle to be picked up when needed.
I'd have to agree with everyone else about the spurs. I've denied free pairs, suggestions, etc from a few riders that told me I should use spurs to look better. I'm sure I could use them semi-decently if they were the number spurs (starters spurs), but I don't trust myself to -always- keep my leg still and under control. I've had times where I accidentally cued to move over when trying to rebalance myself, and I don't want that to happen with an even more exaggerated cue. I you're dead-set on spurs, I would suggest going with the bumper spurs (last ones) because they'll give you the most "wiggle room" while learning and using them. Posted via Mobile Device
Just because you can't use crops at a show, does not mean you can't use one at home. A really good excercise to tune your horse up to listening to your leg is to go into a 20 meter circle...or bigger if you wish. Start at the walk. Give a nudge to trot, no reaction, you use the crop behind you leg. Not a love tap either (but obviously don't beat him). Do half a circle and go back to the walk, and ask for the trot again in several steps. Again, nudge, and smack if no response. It shouldn't take more then a few times for the horse to get the point.
Once he understands, go for a long walk around the ring for a break.
When ready, go back to the circle, but do trot to canter transitions with the same excercise. Nudge. He should respond right away since you've shown him he is to respond right away. If no response, again, smack him.
You shouldn't have to nag a horse to respond to leg aids...which is what your horse is getting you to do. When you have to squeeze, nudge, kick just to get your horse to move forward, he has just won.
I often do this with the lesson horse I ride if a bunch of beginners have been on him. It only takes about 2 transitions for him to realize I mean business, and were good for a while. :) Posted via Mobile Device