I didn't think you were trying to be mean, but your are being truly concern and I do appreciate that. I agree that my horse should go on with out rearing and spinning around. I shouldn't have to use spurs to make him do what he is suppose to do.
Unfortunately for me he doesn’t realize that. I have trained 5 young horses and I only had to touch my horse with spurs while teaching them to side pass and simple things like that. I am very light in the mouth on my horses they are eight and nine years old now and I can still use snaffle bit and the chin strap does not even have to be tight on them. Most of my commands come from very simple leg cues or soft, gentle movement on the reins and verbal commands.
My problem with this horse is he is older and has not been properly trained and I have to fix something that is already a problem. I am not used to having to fix problems. My past experience has been working with horses that did not have any bad habits from the start and I didn’t give them a chance to start any bad habits. I want to have a respectful well manner, safe horse that I feel that I can ride anywhere.
I don’t want you to think that I am always rough on my horses. I felt the need to used spurs because we are talking about a dangerous situation and it could get worse. It was a very tight fit, muddy with low limbs, vines and a lot of horses. I was not in a situation that I could get out of the other horses way and I couldn’t allow him to be rearing up and spinning around. I couldn’t give it to him at this point. I am curious to know what you would have done in this situation.