Originally Posted by Runninghot88
How many use spurs on their horses? From bumpers to rowels. What are your reasoning for spurs?
I have a gelding that I will occassionally ride in spurs with small rowels. But the occasional is turning into hardly ever. The reason I do is because to help lighten his sides even more and to help move his front end more. But now he is super light and super jumpy with them. And no I am not a heavy leg user :)
Has anyone else experienced that before, but not from misuse.
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I ride in ball spurs on my mare back home. Mostly because she got SUPER lazy after having a foal. The main reason is because I have bad knees. And if I need to reinforce leg pressure, I don't want to be kicking like my life depends on it. Usually in that case, I can barely walk (more like hobble) after I get off a horse. I like to have the reinforcement there if I need it.
At one point, I put my mare in bigger, very round rowels. There wasn't much to them. I didn't get after her or use them any different, but one day she just got super hot and overly sensitive. So I took them off, went back to ball spurs and I've never needed to use them since. I rode her in the rowels for about 2 months. I guess she just decided she didn't like em anymore lol. But like I said, NOTHING in my riding changed.
She's recently had 6 months off. Mostly because she was recovering from a subtle mystery lameness, and because I wasn't home to ride her. But I got on her without spurs and she moved off leg pressure like a DREAM!! Not sure why, but I guess the 6 months off made her more sensitive. I'm happy with it. If I don't feel like I need em, then I won't ride with em. I just don't like to nag without em.