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post #11 of 15 Old 10-28-2008, 09:21 AM
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Shona, there is an old joke about a man who goes to the doctor and says "Doctor, my arm hurts when I do this (he raises his arm)". The doctor says "Well, don't do that".

If your horse bucks or acts up with spurs - don't use spurs. I've used spurs all my life but my current horse HATES them and will act up terribly if I touch him with a spur - so I don't use them!

Here is a website to training a one rein stop: Training ~ One-Rein Stop Hope that helps.

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Hah the first bits funny:P

but i havent used spurs since that day?

thankyou for the link


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post #13 of 15 Old 11-09-2008, 03:52 PM
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I think your horse is anticipating the spurs. I worked with a horse that someone had cinced up hard and fast and it took me 3 months to get her to stop anticipating the pain. If you have ruled out pain with her teeth, tack, ect....then it is an attitude problem. Stsrt her out on a very short ride outside the soon as she starts to act up, calm her down, and go back.....slowly increase the distance that you ride. pretty soon she will relize that the spurs are not their and that it is anot acceptable to buck or act 'stupid'
And over all please be safe. if you do not feel comfortable fighting it out with her, get someone who is.

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post #14 of 15 Old 11-09-2008, 04:53 PM
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Don't canter on the verges too often, they anticipate it, they love cantering and if a horse REALLY wants to go there is no stopping it. lol, try to canter in different places so she doesn't expect it
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post #15 of 15 Old 11-09-2008, 06:45 PM
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Go for lots of rides in which you ONLY walk. THis will keep her from anticipating that you want to trot/canter. And don't use the spurs again - it doesn't really sound like she needs them anyway as she's quite forward going.

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