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post #1 of 21 Old 07-30-2012, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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spur advice??

alrighty tell me about spurs???

trainer wants to put me in a small spur to assist with my leg cues since denny is starting to ignore them.

anyone have any preferences as to what spur to get??or what there first spurs were and why they liked them or what they didn't like about them?

never rode with spurs before so want to have an idea of what to stay away from and what would work.

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post #2 of 21 Old 07-30-2012, 11:55 AM
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English or Western?

English spurs have a pretty big variety. You can get little knobs spurs, Prince of Wales spurs and spurs with rollers. You may find that your horse likes one type and not another. I use smooth rowel spurs when I do use spurs and my horse likes those. They're pretty common among English riders - as are prince of wales spurs. My horse did NOT like the POW spurs - too shabby maybe? They made him angry.
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My personal opinion on spurs is that they should be used to make your cues LIGHTER. Not force the horse to pay attention or make your heels more harsh.

Spurs should be used to make your cues invisible to the outside onlooker. That you can touch your horse so lightly with them, yet your horse responds and knows exactly what you want. Think about it -- your horse can feel a fly land on its skin. Think of how reponsive they can be to the same amount of "fly pressure" with a small touch of your spur. LIGHTER!!!

I don't know the background on your whole story here, but my opinion would be to get your horse to listen to you the way you are. Because what if he starts to just ignore your spurs too, down the road? Then what will you do? I say that you fix the root of the problem, and that's his lack of attention or lack of respect or whatever the problem is. He should listen to you no matter what you ask, no questions asked.

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They have to jingle ominously when you walk or they dont count.
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English or Western?

English spurs have a pretty big variety. You can get little knobs spurs, Prince of Wales spurs and spurs with rollers. You may find that your horse likes one type and not another. I use smooth rowel spurs when I do use spurs and my horse likes those. They're pretty common among English riders - as are prince of wales spurs. My horse did NOT like the POW spurs - too shabby maybe? They made him angry.
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My personal opinion on spurs is that they should be used to make your cues LIGHTER. Not force the horse to pay attention or make your heels more harsh.

Spurs should be used to make your cues invisible to the outside onlooker. That you can touch your horse so lightly with them, yet your horse responds and knows exactly what you want. Think about it -- your horse can feel a fly land on its skin. Think of how reponsive they can be to the same amount of "fly pressure" with a small touch of your spur. LIGHTER!!!

I don't know the background on your whole story here, but my opinion would be to get your horse to listen to you the way you are. Because what if he starts to just ignore your spurs too, down the road? Then what will you do? I say that you fix the root of the problem, and that's his lack of attention or lack of respect or whatever the problem is. He should listen to you no matter what you ask, no questions asked.
well thats what we are hoping.

if i can use them once or twice to get him to notice the leg then he should then not need the spur and will react to my leg which in essence (Sp) will then allow me to not need to ride with spurs and make him light to the touch.
and i am not planning on using them as a mad nutty bat he will be asked just like when i ask normally and reinforce with the crop. the spur will not be dug into him to cause pain. the other idea is to get rid of the crop and start spur training so that i can enter in local events since people use spurs and not crops in the arena. so once we masster that we are ready to try out a mini cutting event my trainer hosts.
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I caznt find mild ones that fit. Even the ones that say they are "mans" size barely fit around my boots. I only wear a size 11, but they all seem to be made for girls or midgets.
Ive never really needed anything more agressive than this even with total , "dont wanna go " buttheads. They dont jingle very well though.

http://www.horse.com/item/tough-1-ss...spurs/E005275/
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Forgive me if this is a stupid question..
Couldnt you just pull them apart to make them wider? I had to do that with my English spurs to make them fit my Dublins.
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I'd suggest a pair of slip-ons. Be they the nubs or rowels. I have a pair of rowels that I don't use anymore since I got regular spurs.
They're really simple to slip on and off, adjustable as well, plus they're cheaper than actual spurs and straps since you're only looking to use them a few times. :p
I started with them (male size) before I decided to invest in one's that stay on my boot since I can use them when I want and leave them alone when I don't need/want to use them.
I'm trying to sell mine for $15 since I bought them for $36 and used them, if you'd like to see them.
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Try a bumper spur if your just looking for a little extra. Like this...
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Kelly Silver Star Barrel Racer Bumper Spurs

Or something like this with a short shank and blunted rowels. Most important is the rowel shape. This one is "nice" Like this...
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Showman Horse & Rider Show Spurs

This one is NOT a very nice spur... See its sharp pointy edges. Not fun :(
Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Antique Brown Star and Horseshoe Spur
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