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        12-08-2012, 04:47 PM
      #11
    Showing
    Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't, it greatly depends on the horse and what I'm doing. 3 of the horses I'm training right now won't see a spur until much later in their training because they are naturally hyper-reactive to anything touching their sides. So, I get them used to my heels first and then add spurs later to increase precision. At some point, however, every horse I ride will be exposed to spurs. Whether I use them every time or not depends on the horse.

    If I'm working cattle, I generally always have spurs on because they make my leg cues much clearer and more precise so there is no confusion on the horse's part about whether I'm asking for forward, sideways, or a spin.
         
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        12-08-2012, 04:49 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I haven't had an owner ask me to not wear them. I seem to have a quiet leg so I have to go out of my way to actually use them. With my mare I sometimes use them coming into a jump that she feels like she might die out on me. Otherwise they are more decoration then anything lol.
         
        12-09-2012, 10:17 AM
      #13
    Banned
    *bump*
    Any other input??? Thanks for all the replies so far. Sorry for asking but Im fairly new to the horse world and would like as much info as possible.
         
        12-09-2012, 10:56 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    I think you pretty much got it (: I had a trainer who would wear different rowel types on different horses..... For the most part, she wore a 6 point 'blunt', but for a few horses in the barn she rode with a rowl type called a rock grinder for 'more control'. I've never, ever seen blood on any of her horses due to spurs, so aparently she was really careful with them (rock grinders). Personally I'd never wear the rock grinders because I have not developed the leg control needed to use them properly, nor do I own a horse I'd think would benifit from me using them.
         
        12-09-2012, 11:33 AM
      #15
    Foal
    I use spurs if I need them. My personal spurs are just small ones, maybe a centimeter or two long with a round tip. The longest I've used was a 2 or 3 inch long spurs, for a lazy non-sensitive horse. If you feel iffy about spurs at all I recommend Spursuaders. They are the most amazing thing and so gentle, we use them on our OTTBs and sensitive horses- more of a nudge than a poke. Of course, with all spurs you should have a gentle lower leg and be able to ride without poking the horse identically.
         
        12-09-2012, 12:56 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    I always ride in spurs. They are just there as use as a backup aid when my horses either arent getting the que, or are ignoring it. SO most of the time, the spurs don't get used even though they are there.
         
        12-09-2012, 01:00 PM
      #17
    Showing
    During the off season I don't wear them, but when I'm training for shows I wear them with ever ride as they give me so much more precision.
         
        12-09-2012, 02:22 PM
      #18
    Foal
    I ride in spurs. The main reason I wear spurs is that I have advancing arthritis in my knees and I don't have the leg pressure or mobility I once had. I have also been riding for quite a few years and understand how to use them correctly.
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        12-10-2012, 05:39 AM
      #19
    Started
    Not sure I'd ride in these, tbh...

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        12-10-2012, 05:50 AM
      #20
    Trained
    I ride in spurs - spurs aren't evil torture devices as the inexperienced folks like to make them out to be. It's the people who use them, like any other piece of equipment.

    I wear 25mm round disk Sprenger rowels. Like NBE, I have a quiet leg and the spur isn't applied unless its needed. A quiet leg is a compulsory pre-req for wearing spurs in my books, if your heel comes up or your lower leg swings, you don't wear spurs until you fix it.
         

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