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post #1 of 4 Old 10-20-2011, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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Trainer wants me to use spurs...

So I have a 5 year old and we've been working with an awesome new trainer since August. We've made some huge strides and I'm so happy with our progress, but sometimes my mare doesn't listen to my leg very well. She stops or tries to duck out of a jump but the trainer says it's all attitude and I should try spurs to back up my leg aid.

I trust the trainer very much and am willing to try it but I have 2 concerns.

1) Will using spurs make her less sensitive to my regular leg aids? She's had dressage training is has great sensitivity to different leg positions etc but when she doesn't want to listen that sensitivity disappears. It's definitely attitude and not a lack of understanding.

2) Don't you have to have a solid leg to use spurs correctly/effectively? How do you not accidentally stab them? My trainer says my leg is good enough to be able to use them, but I guess my confidence isn't really in agreement...

So can I just buy the roller spurs (stubben makes a nice pair) so I can have a really gentle spur?
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-20-2011, 06:31 PM
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If used correctly, spurs should not make her less sensitive to leg aids. So if you have a quiet leg and good control over your leg, you know when you are using the spurs and are able to apply them only when needed.
I rarely use spurs, and usually only as a tune-up to my aids every once in a while or if I'm at a clinic. I think they're a great training aid, I like them better than whips, but only if used properly.
Oh, and I have 1/2" or 3/4" Prince of Wales spurs, and I really like them.

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post #3 of 4 Old 10-20-2011, 09:06 PM
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1,2,3 , 1,2,3, with horses its always 1,2,3.
ask, insist, make, with all your commands. No matter what sport or task the technique is generally the same.
In your case , you as the horse by squeeze, if that doesnt work tap with the long straight edge of your foot, if that doenst work you turn you heals in more and more with each tap, If you are progressing like that the horse will start responding to level two and ideally level one, because it knows you will always progress.
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-22-2011, 03:12 AM
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I'm with anrz, spurs (if used correctly) can be just like any other aid: useful in the right circumstances. If your trainer, who you trust and are happy with, says that spurs would be fine with the program you have set up for this mare, then I would go for it.

Like anrz, I also use Prince of Wales spurs, basic and gentle, for my mare. I would talk to your trainer first to see what they suggest. Your trainer would probably be able to better tell you what he/she wants you to use.
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