I contacted Richard Caldwell awhile back with basically the same question I asked here. He responded very quickly but his answer wasn't the most promising. He didn't know of anyone over this way that could help me with the spade stuff. I also contacted another guy. I can't remember his name but he has the Modern Vaquero ensure. Never heard from him. My wife and I are going to a buck brannaman clinic( just to watch) in October. Maybe there will be some folks there that can point me in the right direction to start down the path. I have my 5 yr old going pretty good( well I think so) in a hackamore. I got him when he was 3 and don't know much of his previous training. I started riding him in a snaffle and then moved him to a hackamore. I still have plenty of time before I even think about getting a spade. I just want to know more before I spend 375-400 bucks for a spade to find out it won't work with him. That and I don't want it tone a bad experience for him or me. I also have a 3 yr old that is going decent in the snaffle but I haven't moved him to the hackamore. He's still aways away for that. I've been having a hard time getting any consistent riding since the little one was born and the screwy weather.
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