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post #1 of 32 Old 12-08-2012, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Spurs? Yeah or Nay?

*waves* Hello everyone!!!

This is BBBCrone's husband and I have a question for everyone. I was wondering who here uses spurs and who doesn't and why? If there is a thread for this, I apologize in advance and a mod can delete this and point me to it please. I did a search and didn't find it.

I know certain disciplines do not use them at all but I was curious as to personal preferences as well.

Thanks in advance for your replies.
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post #2 of 32 Old 12-08-2012, 03:03 PM
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I've never used them but I find a little poke in the side is more humane than the people I've seen hammering their heels into a horse to make it go. I just havent had a horse that needed them so far.
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post #3 of 32 Old 12-08-2012, 03:09 PM
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Yup, I use them - but only on horses that need them. Not always just for dead-sided horses, some are a bit fussy as to where exactly they're given various aids so the spurs are more accurate. Used properly there is nothing painful/inhumane about them but obviously like anything they can be used badly. Really important to have a solid lower leg first though.
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I use spurs on my older gelding, and my dad's older saddle horse. Barely have to touch them with the spurs most of the time, and they're much more responsive.

I'm also starting three young horses, and I haven't used spurs on them because they're still learning. I think one horse might need spurs down the road, just so she's a little more responsive, but I'll wait and see how she does when my Dad takes over (she's his horse).

If they're used properly, they're a good tool.
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post #5 of 32 Old 12-08-2012, 03:20 PM
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I have used them on occasion for various reasons. Some one that says no horse/rider should ever use spurs is just as wrong as someone that says all horses/riders need them.
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post #6 of 32 Old 12-08-2012, 03:28 PM
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I use them when my horse is getting a bit dead-sided. Usually only need them for one day.
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Depends in the horse. As mentioned above. Our daughter does ride in spurs, she only 70lbs and just don't have the umphh some times. Her barrel spurs help her without being harsh.
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I always ride in spurs, unless it's a new to me horse or I know the horse doesn't react well to them.

With enough practice, you learn how to only use spurs when you want to, so it's easy enough to keep 'em off the horse. I prefer to have them and not need them, than need them and not have them. It's just a little extra "oomph" when you need it. You don't make a soft horse without showing them a little bit of hard, lol.
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My spurs live on my boots. I wear them on any horse I sit on. If I need to use them I use them, if I don't, I don't. They are there though should they be needed.

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My spurs live on my boots. I wear them on any horse I sit on. If I need to use them I use them, if I don't, I don't. They are there though should they be needed.
Exactly. I have to make an effort not to use them. So unless an owner specifically asks me too, or I feel the horse will flip. I've learned to not use my spurs unless I want to, but if a horse will likely throw a bucking fit, I'd rather not have them, just in case my foot slips, lol.
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