Originally Posted by Rubonsky
I agree with the above post, except that the "spur stop" is used very often with all-around and western pleasure horses today! You use a spur stop to rate your horses speed back, or to completely stop, which helps a lot in a pattern so your cues look invisible, plus the closing and holding both legs is how you keep your horses back up, and round as you slow down or do a downward transition. So, if a trainer uses the "spur stop" or that concept, don't worry that is a common practice in the all-around and pleasure ring.
I will however, have to respectfully disagree. I ride WP, all-around horses and have my fair share of national titles under my belt (APHA) and no one in the circles I ran with used the technique. It was deemed the "worst technique every invented" by Bob Avila recently and every trainer I know personally laughs at the idea of teaching a spur stop because it is so unpractical.
I understand there has been a "revival" of it in recent years, however, the idea that it makes cues look "invisible" is a misnomer and there are much better techniques for backing and stopping.
How about whoa?
Simply saying the word should make a horse put on the brakes and most horses I am familiar with (including reiners and cutters, as I worked for a top trainer for nearly a year) are very familiar with this word.
Now that's an invisible cue...
No hands, no legs, simply a word that only you and your horse can hear.
I hope this is not offensive to you, I know everyone has their own opinions but after seeing about 5 horses at the barn Im at now be completely ruined by trying to put a "spur stop" on them... I'll stick with the old fashioned way... and continue to win Western Horsemanship classes.