starting a horse using spurs
We went a looked at a beautiful 2-yr-old mare yesterday. She just finished 60 days of training. She is absolutely gorgeous. Doc Bar/Docs Hickory bloodline.
Anyway, the problem was that when we rode her in the round pen, she would NOT lope with leg pressure. We would kick, smooch, lean forward, even pop her neck with the reins, and all she would do was trot.
Then, the owner said that the trainer used spurs when training her for those 60 days.
I didn't think that was a good idea. I thought that a horse should be trained to respond to your leg pressure, or a slight kick of the heels. I thought spurs would be a last resort for a stubborn or lazy horse, not for a 2-yr-old in training.