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post #11 of 81 Old 12-19-2007, 10:00 PM
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I have never heard of an English show that REQUIRED spurs (except for upper level Dressage). I would seriously question whoever told you that, and check with the ACTUAL show secretary and/or rule book.

It would help to know what country you were in, since you don't have anything in your location box. It would also help to know if this is a recognized show or a "fun" show.

If spurs are absolutelt necessary, then ride with very short humane spurs and ride with them very low on your boot. Keep your heel down and toe forward to minimize their impact.

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post #12 of 81 Old 12-19-2007, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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yeah lol guys the show thing doesn't matter! He he

I Love Lane, I think I'll try that. I just hope she doesn't get really scared and flip out. I was going to use them for training her to leg yeild like side pass too like use my leg...bump her with my leg...then tap with the spur.
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post #13 of 81 Old 12-19-2007, 10:19 PM
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whatever you do I hope it works out! goodluck

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post #14 of 81 Old 12-19-2007, 10:56 PM
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lol...what I did to introduce spurs to Boo is just tap themon him incredibly lightly. One thing I always think about is a soft horse with spurs could turn hard on you. I mean. Blu did for a while then I had to wear spurs more often. They become accustomed to the tapping so the bumping with your legs doesn'b bother them. One more thing... I start out tapping them I advance to a rub or spin. I spin the spurs up and down on the belly.

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post #15 of 81 Old 12-19-2007, 11:35 PM
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yeah lol guys the show thing doesn't matter! He he

I Love Lane, I think I'll try that. I just hope she doesn't get really scared and flip out. I was going to use them for training her to leg yeild like side pass too like use my leg...bump her with my leg...then tap with the spur.
I also use them to lift my horses up in their shoulder and barrel - you will find that if you ride her with a large amount of leg contact and only use the spur softly when she drops her shoulder down along with the regular cue that you would use to lift her, she will learn that this action is to help he along and in time, you will be using very little if any contact on her mouth to pick her up - in the end, this will be better for the show pen.

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post #16 of 81 Old 12-20-2007, 08:05 AM
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For English show purposes? Sounds to me like your only reason for using spurs is for looks? Am I wrong? If your horse is very sensitive to your leg, you will only be punishing your horse by riding it with spurs, especially if you don't have the experience to do so.
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post #17 of 81 Old 12-20-2007, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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um excuss me? I have exsperience with spurs I just needed help with getting my horse used to them.
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post #18 of 81 Old 12-20-2007, 07:10 PM
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um excuss me? I have exsperience with spurs I just needed help with getting my horse used to them.
If you had experience with spurs, you wouldn't need help with "getting your horse used to them." If you know how to ride in spurs, then you should know how to ride a horse so that the spurs don't touch the horse or bother them.

Just slapping on a pair of spurs and riding a (dull sided) horse doesn't mean you "have experience with spurs."

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post #19 of 81 Old 12-20-2007, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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I know how to not touch a horse with spurs I just didn't know if I should rub them on her sides or just not touch her compleatly
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post #20 of 81 Old 12-20-2007, 09:16 PM
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you will only be punishing your horse by riding it with spurs
that is a load of BS. I always ride in spurs and it is NEVER to punish my horse, it is something that I use as a training aide and just because you may think that if a horse is soft in their sides they don't need spurs doesn't mean that that is correct. Spurs are used for a lot of things other then kicking the crap out of a horse!
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