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post #1 of 11 Old 01-23-2014, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Spurs good or bad?

So with the filly im working with, I thought a pair of bumper spurs would help me reinforce leg cues. I have yet to really try any leg cues with her, since she's still pretty green. Would that be a good idea? How do you use spurs?
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-23-2014, 07:00 PM
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If you don't know how to use them, you'll do more bad than any possible good. Leave the spurs out of it and reinforce with a crop if it's really necessary.

And personally, I wouldn't be wanting to use spurs on a green horse. Spurs are for horses being finished or already are finished. They add finesse, not reinforcement.
I also think bumper spurs are a waste of money..All I have to do is turn my heel up to get the same action as a bumper spur, so why waste money when my boot works just as well?
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Think Iseul nailed it on the head.

If you don't know how to use spurs the internet isn't the place to start. A rider without a strong leg and seat can easily cause more harm the good with spurs.

Also, I've heard horses started with spurs from day one tend to get a little dead sided to cues, that's no good.
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-23-2014, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input. Perhaps it would be for the best to get her more experienced before I rush things.
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Absolutely, rushing shouldn't be part of getting a horse started. Take it easy and make sure she has a really solid foundation, you'll be much happier later.
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post #6 of 11 Old 01-23-2014, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Appreciate the replies! Good thing this forum exists, for advice.
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post #7 of 11 Old 01-23-2014, 07:16 PM
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I have always worn spurs when training, though 95% of the time I don't use them because I have the leg control to achieve that. They are only there for finesse as stated above, or if I know my horse is being a butt and ignoring my leg as opposed to being confused about what I am asking.

It's nice to know that they're there, but if you don't know how to not use them even when worn, then you shouldn't be using them imo. This is all in regards to spurs other than bumper spurs, by the way. I agree with Iseul that they are a waste of money! Take things slow, allow the horse time to figure it out, be accurate and consistent and you'll get there.
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Spurs are for refinement, not reinforcement. Use a whip to reinforce your leg.
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-24-2014, 12:46 AM
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Unless you have an extremely quiet leg that you have 100% control of, don't bother. I will happily use spurs in a young/green horse but only because I have enough control of my leg that the spur is only engaged when I want it to be - you won't create a dead sided horse by using them only when absolutely needed.
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post #10 of 11 Old 01-24-2014, 12:57 AM
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I agree with everyone else. It's important to know how to properly use your spurs, and how to properly not use them. When I wear my spurs, 95% of the time I am not touching Stitch with them. They are for finesse and refinement. Also, one has to be careful to not make a horse dead sided or afraid of spurs. My horse has old spur scars on his sides from where his previous owners spurred him until he bled. It took me months to regain that trust with him that I wasn't going to just stab him.
Spurs are a training tool that can easily be misused.
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