11-09-2012, 03:50 PM
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Spur stop horses are taught to go slower the harder you squeeze with both spurs.
They are also taught to drop their necks when you put both spurs in. So essentially eliminating the need for contact on the mouth.
Say I'm loping down the rail and I want to move my horse's hip over. I squeeze harder with my outside spur and soften my inside spur. But I still keep pressure with both to maintain the speed I want. It's all about using combinations of different amounts of pressure. If I want my horse to stop I squeeze hard with both my spurs and sit deep. If I continue squeezing the horse should back. If my horse is loping too fast I will hug his sides with my calves first asking for a slow down then I will go to my spurs. I will continue to squeeze harder till my horse goes the desired speed, then I will soften my spurs.
In a nutshell, like mentioned above, the spurs are used to rate the horses speed.
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