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    03-31-2011, 04:45 PM
Bubba , I mean this by I have had a lot of incidents involving a green horse, that needed spurs. One time, I was on a seasoned horse that was trained with spurs. I jumped on without using them. Eventually, he reared, and I had to use my spurs to get him settled down (I mean this by heeling him forward, and turning him in circles.) And I have been riding since I has three. I think I have "earned my spurs". And I don't like English. I know a lot of people that have never ridden English and use spurs.
And Zeke.
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    03-31-2011, 04:49 PM
If you're just going to argue with people, why did you start a thread asking what they THOUGHT about spurs?

Did you start this thread to deliberately cause a train wreck? Because that's how it appears.

My opinion on spurs is if you've never learned the correct aids without them, then you have no business wearing them regardless of how well you think you ride.
    03-31-2011, 05:00 PM
I know that if I had a rearing, panicking horse, the first thing I'd sure do is jab him with rockgrinders....
    03-31-2011, 05:04 PM
Speed's right, this is becoming a train wreck.... Let's get back on topic and maybe keep it just to our own opinions on spurs, rather then judgements of others?

OP thanks for putting your opinion out there, everyone is entitled to disagree once in awhile. Sorry you started to be jumped on.
    03-31-2011, 05:07 PM
As mentioned, I believe that spurs should be used as an extention of your heel or leg cues...in otherwords gently....I have a mare that will refuse to go anywhere if you start kicking her, and from what was said, I'm assuming she had a very rough rider at one time. The best way to make her go is to use a flash/crop. One LITTLE pop on the butt and there are no problems. That is the extent of my using any kind of outside force on a horse. If a horse doesn't want to do something after that, there is more than likely a reason in my opinion.
    03-31-2011, 05:27 PM
If you need spurs to "save you from something awful" you shouldn't be wearing spurs. Spurs are NOT for disciplinary. They are used as an extension of the leg and for refining cues. I used spurs on my old horse. Why? Because I was working on pivoting and lateral stuff and my trainer at the time suggested I use spurs so I get a precise and specific cue. I ONLY use small llittle prince of wales spurs..

I HUGELY HUGELY disagree with using spurs on a greenie. I would never use them on a greenie. I dislike spurs as a whole for the most part. Even with my old horse i'd wear them for only part of the ride and maybe a couple times a year. They make to many horses dead sided, and to many people use them who shouldn't who constantly bang away at the horse's sides..

You've never ridden without spurs? I have to wonder if you even know HOW to use them properly and if you are constantly putting them in use..

I would much rather see someone with a crop or dressage whip and use it ONLY when needed then use spurs constantly..
    03-31-2011, 10:39 PM
I use spurs with all my horses starting at about the 4th-5th ride. If used properly there is nothing wrong with spurs.

It is people who do not under stand how and why they are used that think they are abusive.
    03-31-2011, 10:41 PM
Just curious why you do? I know your super experienced and I believe show at major shows... So I would understand that obviously you have the experience to. But curious why you use them on greenies?
    03-31-2011, 10:47 PM
I use them on green horse b/c I want the horse to be very very light to my leg. So from day one I start using leg cues. If they do not move off my leg then I use the spur. It makes they very very light and reinforces the cue given. It also makes the cue very precise. Something you do not get with out spurs.
    03-31-2011, 10:48 PM
Just because you're wearing them doesn't mean you're using them. ;)

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