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Lynnie 02-10-2012 06:11 PM

To spur or not?
 
Hi there I've been reading all the posts for last few weeks and decided to finally take the plunge :-) anyways (2 days ago) my trainer suggested that I start wearing spurs to reinforce my bending leg aids as my young young greenie falls in on corners and when doing 20m circles and my trainer. So basically just wanting all your opinions on this p.s Trainer said I've got good stable legs sorry cant think of the correct word. Thanks
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Joe4d 02-10-2012 06:25 PM

I would defer to your trainers judgement. That's why you hired them.

Lynnie 02-10-2012 06:58 PM

Thanks I'm just wondering if wearing spurs is actually correcting the problem

Jumper12 02-10-2012 07:18 PM

in my opinion spurs could help you as long as you dont fully depend on them. only use them when you really need to. for me i use spurs only occasionally on my trained horse to give me a little extra leg aids but definitely not all the time because i dont want my horse to be dull. If you and your trainer have talked about spurs and they think you have a stable enough leg for them you will probably be fine. Also, if your horse is falling in make sure you and your trainer look at all aspects of the way your horse is going and you are riding to see if theres any particular reason your horse is falling in. hope this makes sense and is helpful! good luck with your horse :)

DejaVu 02-10-2012 07:22 PM

Is there another horse you can ride, to get used to having spurs on, before you use them with your greenie?

If your trainer feels your leg is quiet enough, and they're used sparingly for reinforcement only, then there's nothing wrong with it. You just have to make sure, you only roll your spur on them when absolutely needed. You don't want him to become numb to the spur.

It wont fix, but it will help the problem. Your spur is just a more concentrated cue. He'll get more feel, than the widespread range of your whole leg on him.

DejaVu 02-10-2012 07:22 PM

^Jumper posted while I was typing. :-) Same idea.

aggiegirl14 02-10-2012 07:26 PM

I've ridden my mare with spurs for about 6 years now (western) and have found them very helpful. Snickers is veryyy responsive to pressure and has never become dull from them. If your trainer thinks that would help, I say go for it. I'm not sure how much they would help with your falling in problem, but they can be useful for other things. I'd say make sure you are staying straight and not leaning into the circle (putting more weight on the inside stirrup) and if you aren't, what I do with Snickers is lift my inside rein pretty much straight up (indirect rein of opposition). I don't know if the same thing goes for english stuff though...

mildot 02-10-2012 07:43 PM

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Originally Posted by aggiegirl14 (Post 1352666)
what I do with Snickers is lift my inside rein pretty much straight up (indirect rein of opposition). I don't know if the same thing goes for english stuff though...

It works exactly the same way. In fact, the aid is called the same.

However, with contact an indirect rein of opposition is merely brought across and over the withers so that there is a direct line from that rein to the opposite hind leg. No need to raise it under normal circumstances. Though you could raise it if you need to adjust the neck.

aggiegirl14 02-10-2012 07:48 PM

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Originally Posted by mildot (Post 1352690)
It works exactly the same way. In fact, the aid is called the same.

However, with contact an indirect rein of opposition is merely brought across and over the withers so that there is a direct line from that rein to the opposite hind leg. No need to raise it under normal circumstances. Though you could raise it if you need to adjust the neck.

The spur works the same way? I lift the rein more up because I am also trying to bridle her up (she doesn't keep a good head set) and it works seems to work better haha maybe it's because of the shank on the western bit...

Shasta1981 02-10-2012 08:18 PM

OP - spurs, with the right rider, can be very helpful. I think what you can do on your end to make it successful is understand that there is a right and wrong way to use them and to really work with your trainer on how they should be used. It should only reinforce an aid that is being ignored. Same as the dressage whip.

Again, not tools of cruelty if used properly.


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