Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
What you described is not a spur-trained horse, it's a horse that is advanced and obedient enough in it's training to go off just seat and leg aids, which is absolutely great if the rider is capable enough to do so. He's in a curb because it doesn't get touched and he's probably been trained for WP or such, which requires a curb bit after 5yrs of age.
Personally, I think you should keep looking for a horse if you aren't comfortable with the fact that the horse's cues are from your seat and leg. I have no doubt the horse can be ridden English with contact, but I see no reason to start direct reining if he's so perfect without any reins (aside from the stop). I can't say for sure, but I can't see you getting docked for the fact that you don't use your reins to steer.
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