(Wild Spot, I was waiting for you to come in!! :) )
Was is Bob Avila who said, "The only thing I can do on a horse with a spur stop is Western pleasure."
You are riding with the emergency brake on.
It's not illegal like tail blocking, but the associations still have it carded in the same group as head below the vertical, four beaters, and horses who are over-canted. What, do you think you know better then the association? They are telling you to RIDE BETTER. Use your seat. And instead your response is, 'It's not illegal, everyone does it like this. Lalalala.' No, they don't. How do you think reiners stop? NOT WITH A SPUR STOP!
I also understand that your horses are PHYSICALLY CAPABLE of doing everything my horse can, but the difference is, my horse is more marketable. He can do dressage or jumping with ANY rider because his cues are not only universal, they make sense. Your horse can only do these things if he has spurs on--and with your special cues.
My major problem with spur stops, however, is crabby horses. They are poked and prodded at all day. I've never seen one who wasn't a constant tail-swisher in response to a spur, or had a crabby-face on all day.
Why don't you post a video of your horse being ridden in a pattern and we'll see if he's crabby or not?
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