I have to agree with Kevin on this one. I'd say you've met "wanna be" cowboys. True cowboys can't afford to abuse their horses because they are absolutely important to their jobs and way of life. There are a handful of rough cowboys but there is also that handful of rough handlers/riders in every horse sport that exists.
I always have spurs on my boots and have NEVER hurt a single horse with them and I've ridden and trained hundreds. They are for refinement only. Rarely do I even use them unless working on advanced maneuvers such as spins.
As far as the comment on all qh's being rough, then I'm afraid you've been on poor stock. Mine all have a trot that sits like a rocking chair and smooth as glass true lopes. I've ridden Arabs, tbs, twh, morgans, haflingers, appys, belgians and in addition to owning qhs I also own a Hanoverian. My qhs are as smooth of a ride as my Hano who was trained up to 4th level in dressage.
It would serve you well not to make assumptions on things you aren't well versed in.
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