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    03-31-2011, 10:51 PM
Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
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.
Exactly. This is why I always ride with spurs. It depends on the horse though. Some horses aren't very great with spurs.
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    03-31-2011, 10:52 PM
Originally Posted by bubba13    
Just because you're wearing them doesn't mean you're using them. ;)
That is IF you have a stable leg :P... I see some people and I'm SHOCKED when they actually don't use them as I see lots of people constantly using them when they put their leg on...
    04-01-2011, 12:17 AM
I personally love my spurs... They keep my mare light and respecting my cues. Never would I EVER, kick a horse with spurs. Unless I was prepared to eat dirt
    04-01-2011, 12:22 AM
I only use my English-nubby spurs when I show, just because my horse tends to be a little more laid back and the spurs just give me a little more help with giving him more umph to the jump. I never use them at home. And nor do I kick the crap out of him either. Actually, I don't kick my horse, ever. I apply pressure and give him more of an encouraging squeeze and he responds to that.

Rockgrinders are fine with me if they arent sharp. If used properly, then why not?
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    04-01-2011, 12:33 AM
    04-01-2011, 12:34 AM
Originally Posted by bubba13    
Those make me want to throw up just looking at them.
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    04-01-2011, 01:27 AM
Originally Posted by bubba13    
That makes me sick
    04-01-2011, 01:34 AM
Looks like a human version of those artificial cock fighting spurs. Ouch
    04-01-2011, 12:18 PM
Absolutely disgusting!!

I also want to touch on a point that I think some of you missed that was mentioned...ornamental reasons!! I think I mentioned that I rarely use spurs, and prefer to use a crop. When I go to shows, I wear spurs #1 to make my cues more subtle, and #2 because they really dress up a Western outfit, in my opinion.
    04-01-2011, 04:30 PM
Although I do think some pick their spurs b/c of the way they look, it has nothing to do with why most of the people I know have them. Yes it is nice that they look nice as it is part of the whole picture. However most of the time they are covered up by pants or chaps so you can not even see them.

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