Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Somewhere in Wisconsin
If she IS trained well she shouldn't need spurs to get moving. Spurs as others have said are for refining cues, to be used as an extension of your foot/leg. Obviously there are misconceptions and people rake their horses sides to get them moving, to get them to behave and so forth. That indicates holes in training to me.
Sounds to me like a few things -- One, I think she could be off balance / in pain. It could hurt to pick up that opposite lead, saddle fit, pinching, leg pain, etc..especially with the tail swishing. Two, it could be disrespect and holes in training, kicking her with spurs if she's being disrespectful and agitated already isn't going to help. It's going to make her worse, and could be the reason she's started bucking. Always try to ride out the buck if you can, otherwise she'll have your number. One rein stop, get that head around so she can't. IF she puts her head down fast and to the ground she's most likely going to buck, little warning signs can save you in the end.
I'd take a few elements out and build back up to find where the problem is. Groundwork, lots of lunging watch her closely and see if you can pick up on any visual signs of pain. When you get back in the saddle take off the spurs, do the same excercises you're doing, maybe try some trot poles, or other work to help her pick up that lead. Try a crop and see if she gives the same response. Could be a number of things, but like always rule out PAIN first.
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Last edited by Annanoel; 04-11-2013 at 10:16 AM.