Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
Not sure which you mean, rowel spurs or dumb dumbs, The reason I say those with rowels SHOULD be not too nasty is, as I was taught to uses them at least was in these ways, slight, light, taps as an extension of leg, or after application of contact, again light, rolled up the side of the horses side, in such a way that there’s little pressure pushing into the horse. Dumb dumbs on the other hand, and this is just as I was told about them, I was never taught to use them so could be totality wrong, are to be tapped into the horses ribs, maybe in a similar way as rowel spurs, but because they have a relatively large blunt surface area they can cause all sorts of bruising and even damaged bones. But then I guess like most things, if you use them within the bounds of how they are designed to be used they probably aren’t particularly nasty let alone cruel.