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?