No one is saying that spur stopped horses are incapable of jumping or dressage or whatnot. What we are saying is that if the horse is sold (and considering that's a very real thing that happens OFTEN in the horse world)--that horse can be VERY VERY unsafe to hundreds of amateur riders. Not everyone is a pro-rider. And almost everyone who isn't a trainer gets on a horse and goes, 'omg i don't know about this one!'. And when they hug with their legs (because it is an instinctive habit for people when they get scared) and the spur hugs the horse, that horse will fling that rider into the dirt. He's just doing what he's been taught--and hundreds of trainers will tell you a spur stop is terrible to try to 'train out'.
Ummm, do you get the concept of spur STOP? a new rider gets on him and squeezes with spurs, the horse is going to STOP and maybe thats safer for beginner riders.. And ive always been taught your never going to find a perfect horse, and that you YOURSELF have to learn to ride the horse, not the horse has to learn to your own preferences right when you get on. it makes you a better rider to learn spur and no spur stop.
THIS is why it is so unmarketable to any discipline other then WP. And for all of you who say, 'it doesn't matter I'll never sell my horse', my questions to you are 1) Do you have a SECURE job that in this economy will NEVER go away and pay for all aspects of the horse? Horses are expensive--and if you lose a good job, let me tell you how fast you'll sell a horse so you and your kids are not out on the street. 2)If you don't pay for the horse, how can your parents guarantee that nothing ill will ever happen to someone? That they'll never lose their job?
Ok, so maybe spur stops are "unmarketable" to disciplines other than wp-yet a horse can easily be trained out of it. as ive repeatedly told you before, a spur stop is not just spur, but its a combination of voice, leg and seat, thefore meaning you can skip the spurs and the horse will stop with just seat and voice. Now you may ask "what if the horse is trotting and you use your spurs and it stops?" well, once again, the COMBINATION thing comes to play. just spur doesnt mean stop. so unless you are trotting and say "whoa" ad you sit back AND use your spur, its not going to happen. And back to the 'unmarketable part-most of these wp horses do dressage, english trail, blah blah blah, but its their own little world of this-they dont specialize in dressage, or jumping, whatever-its all for allaround, therfor saying that these horses arent going to be sold to grand pre jumper after they retire wp, so spur stops dont matter.
And to your questions-they mean absolutely nothing-no body can answer those questions. its pretty much just like what if...what if that happens to you? what if the only person who wants to buy your horse is a wp lover and wants it to have a spur stop? those questions are bad and unanswerable.
The video is absolutely hilarious. Did you know that the horse's NAME is 'Just Plain Spur?' The horse isn't trained with a spur stop. Sorry! lol! The trainer was showing the horse's stop is all. Show me someone competing at the WEG or International competitions winning everything that spur stops and all be convinced--and they take so many photos of the horses stopping that it 'shouldn't be hard'.
hmmmm and why is his name just PLAIN spur? i wonder why.....maybe because thats all it takes to stopp him. and you can see the rider using a spur stop.
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