Spurs are not bad I wear them on every horse I ride even if its there first time with someone on there back, but spurs are not to be used to make a horse to go faster, ask ,click, smack if you use spurs to make your horse to go faster then you will just make him more dead, spurs will not fix that just ask him to go and when he does not smack.
"I also do not agree with riding with a constant leg. That is just micromanagement and it will dull the horse to your leg. When I ask my horse to go, I ask with my energy first, then seat, then leg, then I will create commotion above him in the form of slapping my leg, clucking to him, or swinging a small rope or string across my shoulders. If he still doesn't go then I will lightly spank him with the rope. When he goes I release EVERYTHING, but I still flow with him. It's HIS job to maintain the gait asked of him, and if he breaks gait I ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN. If I keep saying "Don't stop! Keep going!" he will not learn to maintain gait because he is never allowed to make the mistake. Now, because I have SENSITIZED my horse to my leg aids, he goes faster with ONLY my energy. I don't even use seat or leg."
Horses do not have curse control you have to keep your foot on the gas, and if you lightly spank your horse every time then you will have to "lightly spank" your horse every time and then he will just become dead to that, if you smack him like you mean it then when you ask then he will go.
"I don't even use seat or leg" that's my favorite part, your horse must be reading your mind because when you know how to use your seat and leg you can ride a horse that has never been rode and he under stands what you are asking. So more power to your energy, I wish I knew how to use my energy to get my horses to move.