"Please, never wear your spurs on a trail ride again. A horse should never ever ever be kicked with spurs. Spurs are meant to be an extension of your heel mostly for precise movements/high level training."
Let me clarify things a little better. This trial was very tight fit, we had a ice storm a couple years ago and we have a lot of trees down. I am talking about a very dangerous situation. I am trying to get out of the way so horses can go through. This paticular situation that I used my spurs, I had moved my horse up against a tree truck w/ vines and low limbs hanging down, trying to get out of the way for a group of horses going through. When the last horse went through my horse tried to follow them. I click to him first and direct rein him the correct way on the trail. This horse rears up and spins around. I am sorry but this situation is very dangerous, I spun him around the other way, he is still trying to get his head so that he can rear up. Yes, I spured him one quick kick and I would do it again. We were putting ourselves and other people in danger. The one quick kick is all I needed to let him know that he was making a wrong choice and he was not going to get by with it. I only use spurs when I truly feel it is necessary. This is a horse which has been a stallion for seven years of his life very strong and is still trying me. I have only ridden him about 5 times now. I know that he needs to know that I am his boss and can not let him get by with things. If a spur in the side now, can prevent dangerous situation then a spur in the side he will get. He quit that silly rearing up and spinning like he was doing and went on the way he should have.
I have tried him in arena no problems. I have practice with my friends them going one way and me going the other, again no problem. The only time I have problems is when it is a very tight, close in area that I have to move over and have him to stand still while others are passing us. He stands there patiently until the last horse goes through and then he does a quick spin while rearing up to follow them. I always click to him and direct rein him to go the correct way but he ignores that and tries me by rearing up and spinning around. So, that is when I will direct him around the other way. If he refuses to go, he will get a click for encouragement and if he still doesn't follow my cue, then he will fill more encouragement with a gentle nudge in his side and then a more demanding nudge in his side.
"Spurs are meant to be an extension of your heel mostly for precise movements/high level training." I believe this would be considered a precise movement and high level training.
I have broken all my horses (5 horses), to ride usually at a young age and never had any trouble with this type of disrespectful attitude. As you can tell, I am not going to allow him to get by with it either. He is too nice of a horse to allow him to get by with things. If he gets by with this, then he will try me on other things. I have had a broken patella, femur and tibula all on one leg, which is held together with screws and bolts. I can not afford to let him get by with anything or we both could get hurt. I love riding horses too much to quit. Just think how hard horses kick each other, believe me that little kick did not do anything but get his attention.
I will continue to practice with my friends setting him up in tight situations and practice having them to go one way and us to go the other. Hopefully, I can get this stopped really soon. This could be very dangerous. I am still hoping for some more advice or information on other ways that I can use to help me fix this.
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