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    06-23-2009, 05:10 AM
  #11
Trained
I would go with smooth rowel spurs. Dummy spurs poke into the same spot and *can* cause bruising and soreness, however when used properly rowels 'roll' up the horses side, much gentler in my opinion. I use spurs similar to these and love them.

     
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    06-24-2009, 04:50 AM
  #12
Foal
Those rowels look gentle and your logic makes sense, cheers!
     
    06-24-2009, 06:15 AM
  #13
Trained
No problems. My horse had been abused with spurs previously, and he is adjusting to these very well, which is as much proof as I need of their gentleness *when used properly*. I do as above, and only use spurs occasionally, when showing or campdrafting. For trails and jumping/PC I don't use them, and it hasn't affected him. He is much lighter off my leg with them on.

Good luck!
     
    06-25-2009, 03:05 PM
  #14
Weanling
Something even less severe than the spurs posted above are ones like these:
     
    06-25-2009, 06:25 PM
  #15
Trained
Does the ball on the end rotate or move?

In my opinion moving rowels are much more gentle than any 'stationary' spur when used correctly, as they roll up the horses side instead of poking in.
     
    06-25-2009, 07:19 PM
  #16
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by wild_spot    
Does the ball on the end rotate or move?

In my opinion moving rowels are much more gentle than any 'stationary' spur when used correctly, as they roll up the horses side instead of poking in.
They don't move but they have a larger surface area so think of the rowels as being poked by a tooth pick and the ball as being poked by a finger. The one with the larger surface area is going to hurt less.
     
    06-25-2009, 08:24 PM
  #17
Trained
The rowel doesn't poke, though.
     
    06-26-2009, 02:22 AM
  #18
Foal
So which ones do I go for? I'm sure the guy who I got my horse from used a rowel type and a friend of mine who is into competitive dressage uses the poke type.
I think softer the better for him and me. Does it come down to personal preference?? I might go in the shop and experiment with both on my own skin.
Any more inputs?
     
    06-26-2009, 03:27 AM
  #19
Green Broke
Since I ride english, I always use the blunt ended kind. They can do some damage if you aren't careful though.
     
    06-26-2009, 05:25 PM
  #20
Weanling
From personal experience I have seen that a horse is more sensitive to roweled spurs than ball spurs.
     

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