Since no one mentioned the spur stop, I will.
It's terrible. It's like driving a car with your emergency brake on.
The horse is supposed to stop when the spurs are held (and not usually lightly) against his frame. This makes most horses very crabby about the stop, and it's hard to get these horses to do anything else other then reining/western pleasure because the leg does not mean go. If you squeeze, they'll stop. There was one big time western pleasure trainer who said, 'if I get a horse in with a spur stop trained, he can't do anything else other then western pleasure.'
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