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post #1 of 18 Old 01-16-2013, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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Spurs Sensitivity

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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post #2 of 18 Old 01-16-2013, 12:25 AM
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We all have spurs. We only use them as needed though. We have a pony that is iron sided and needs spurs for any reaction and that's just barrel bumper spurs, being used by a 65lbs girl. We don't use spurs on any horse that we can soften to not use em. I found using spurs dulls a horse over time and they end up like our iron sided pony.
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I agree constant use will cause a horse to go iron sided.
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I ride with spurs to help keep my draft horse leasing

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If using spurs is making a horse dead sided then either they are being used for the wrong reason or incorrectly.
They should be used for refinement and making cues lighter.

I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.
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Agree 100% with cowchick..

I wear spurs all the time.. they ONLY get used when my horse fails/or is slow to respond to my leg cues..
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Wear and use. That's a different question :)
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I personally have never used spurs on a dead sided animal. But I know when I use them on my guy, no matter the kind, he gets really light sided (more then he normally) is. But over use can dull a horse if not used correctly.
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my spurs are always on my boots. i rarely use them though.
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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.
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