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SavvyHill 06-29-2010 08:27 PM

Spur Cues
I just started training in Western Pleasure about a year ago, and I've learned it using spur commands instead of rein commands. I'm thinking of buying a horse who's disciplined in Western Pleasure and I'm wondering how common it is to have spur command training. Because otherwise I'd have to buy a horse and have my trainer train it and that's, well, I'm not going to lie, that's more money than I have. :/ I'm curious how common it is to have spur training.

sorelhorse 06-29-2010 08:35 PM

mmm, very common among the higher level show horses.
my horse has a spur stop, spur back, spur slow, and spur headset, but thats just because in the show ring we dont want the judges seeing us use our hands or even give our horses clues.

SavvyHill 06-29-2010 08:38 PM

That's reassuring to know that it's common. It's also nice to know that I chose a higher-level training, so that I can get the best I can. Before Western Pleasure, I did barrel racing and even before that, my beginning training was hunter, so I'm not really used to the slower pace. It's nice, though.

sorelhorse 06-29-2010 08:46 PM

ya, it definitly is. and i like the spur training idea, though its weird when you get on another horse, and forget that they dont have a spur stop too. haha

SavvyHill 06-29-2010 08:48 PM

And then, when you come from barrel training where everything is "GOGOGOGOGO!", it's weird to remember that you don't need to hang on the reins.

sorelhorse 06-29-2010 08:49 PM

haha. sounds fun though:)

SavvyHill 06-29-2010 08:55 PM

I honestly like Western Pleasure a lot more.

sorelhorse 06-29-2010 08:56 PM

realy? i find it relaxing and fun! are you going to show?

SavvyHill 06-29-2010 09:07 PM

Well, I'm still not all that good in it and my posture needs work, but as soon as I improve and my trainer thinks I'm ready, heck yes I'm going to show!

sorelhorse 06-29-2010 09:13 PM

awesome. good luck!

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