Originally Posted by Deschutes
Excuse me if I am being presumptuous, please. I don't gouge with spurs. I ask with leg first, and if I get no response, I use the spur to give added pressure.
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Never stated you did. Spurs aren't necessary for trail riding, which is what I'm presuming the OP is thinking about doing, since he put the thread in Trail Riding.
If he has a recalcitrant horse who won't go forward he doesn't need spurs, but the horse and perhaps rider need more training.