Originally Posted by horse_luver4e
In my opinion it is and don't call me dear. (it's my pet peeve
So, lets see (I,m not against spur stops but have no use for them at my discpline of riding) you think it is easier to train a horse to yield/stop to spur aid, rather than to stop to sinking hips, or leaning back?!
Most horses can figure out that when you sit deep or lean back (leaning back can just throw them off balance depending on how its done,so I prefer to say sinking weight) it means stop, waaayy before you even need to start training a horse to stop to spur pressure. Yielding to your weight distribution is an essential to training and is used long before a horse is mentally ready to learn how to work with spur aids and ques. (In the sense of stopping anyways) And in the training world there is no such thing as a "quick fix"
a quick fix ends up with way more problems than bargended for in the begginning. When you use a "quick fx" you are replacing things a horse should know with things he is more than likely forced to do, will resist in the long run, and gains nothing.
Spur aids are great if you are in a discipline that requires them, if all you do is ride for pleasure, or trail ride, than really you and your horse could probably live without them. That's my view on it all.