Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I am still confused about the original need for spurs. Is it really required in some show setting? Or are you wanting to use them for training? Are you wanting to use them for more immediate response in the show ring? Not sure.
Trust me, I know the need for spurs....My stallion has little desire to put any pep in his step :) My inner thighs are probably like rocks from driving so often. I try to use my spurs as little as possible on him, but I like to have them there to enforce what I am asking for. I usually squeeze upper legs, lower legs, kiss and squeeze, kiss and spur. I to a tap not a rub, but four you it sound like you would not even want to tap, but just touch and hold for a second.
If your horses is already really light to your leg aids, I am confused as to why you would want to train with spurs...if she has energy in her forward and lateral body movement with plain leg - you might really try to limit any spur use. Maybe practice just a bit with them until she is used to them, and then have them there as back up at the shows to make sure you get your maneuvers just right. If you do ride in them sometimes, just be careful to keep them off of her most of the time.
In the winter, I tend to ride bareback and without spurs at all (seeing how I am in winter boots). I use this time to really focus on his response without spurs - and he usually does well as he is a little sillier and more animated in the winter (especially since he has been on a new complete feed - I love it :) )