My husband prefers spurs on his TB because he seems to have "dead sides" when he rides him. Even though my husband has strong legs, his TB just is lazy at times. If he doesn't have spurs on, he carries a crop to tap him with. I never have worn spurs. If I get on this same horse, I don't need spurs or a crop to get this guy going. It's just a difference in rider. I have a "hot seat." My legs are certainly no stronger than my husband's.
So, again, I'm not against spurs, I just don't need them at the level that I ride at. And the whole point of this thread was not whether we agree with using spurs or not. The original question from horseluvr was that her horse has sensitive sides and responds to her legs, but she HAS to wear spurs to compete.
So at least in the english world, my opinion - only my opinion - is if you have a horse with sensitive sides and is responding to your legs, why wear spurs to begin with? Horseluvr says her pony club has this rule in order to show. :roll: Again, no one has ever heard of this rule except in upper level dressage. Whatever. To each his own.
Horsluvr, I'm glad your horse is responding and you haven't gotten hurt. Good luck in show season this year. I really hope you do well.