I have never used a martingale. Don't need to, either.
I have absolutely NOTHING against spurs, unless they are unnecessarily harsh/used incorrectly. They are a good aid to refine, as BEP said. And after you get more riding experience, Horse Racer, you won't have to keep reminding yourself to keep you feet in the correct position. After a while it's just a habit for your feet to be in the right place/position.
Yep, it IS fun, Western! The event is this Saturday!
**I must not forget to thank the difficult horses, who made my life miserable, but who were better teachers than the well-behaved school horses who raised no problems.**