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    04-07-2011, 02:37 AM
  #41
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by RodeoLoco    
I want to know your outlook on spurs. I personally love them. I have been in many incidents where they have saved me from something awful. But at a local show the other day (yesterday, actually) some one walked up to me and gave me a whole rant about how spurs are abusive.
I used to ride with spurs. Main reason is that I have very long legs. With a long shank, I would only have to move my foot a small amount to brush the spur on the horse (as opposed to moving my entire leg to make contact with my heel). My horse has become pretty responsive to slight leg/calf pressure and I just don't need them anymore. (I think the use of spurs has helped him become more responsive to subtle cues.) They are also one more thing to keep clean and the metal tends to leave marks on boots.. :)

I sometimes use spurs just for "looks," especially at old-west events, but don't use them on my current horse.

It is like any other tool and can be use properly or improperly. I find it interesting some people will cringe at the sight of spurs, but have no problem with a bit that is much easier to misuse or cause harm. People can have interesting pre-conceptions on things.

The main reason I currently keep spurs around at the moment it to annoy people like the one who gave you the rant. I have been on the lookout for some of the really big "pizza cutter" type with some loud jingle-bobs. I wouldn't want to ride in something like that, but I do enjoy the looks on some people's faces when they _think_ you plan to use them "to make the horse go faster!" LOL
     
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    04-07-2011, 05:34 PM
  #42
Foal
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Originally Posted by Tazmanian Devil    
I used to ride with spurs. Main reason is that I have very long legs. With a long shank, I would only have to move my foot a small amount to brush the spur on the horse (as opposed to moving my entire leg to make contact with my heel). My horse has become pretty responsive to slight leg/calf pressure and I just don't need them anymore. (I think the use of spurs has helped him become more responsive to subtle cues.) They are also one more thing to keep clean and the metal tends to leave marks on boots.. :)

I sometimes use spurs just for "looks," especially at old-west events, but don't use them on my current horse.

It is like any other tool and can be use properly or improperly. I find it interesting some people will cringe at the sight of spurs, but have no problem with a bit that is much easier to misuse or cause harm. People can have interesting pre-conceptions on things.

The main reason I currently keep spurs around at the moment it to annoy people like the one who gave you the rant. I have been on the lookout for some of the really big "pizza cutter" type with some loud jingle-bobs. I wouldn't want to ride in something like that, but I do enjoy the looks on some people's faces when they _think_ you plan to use them "to make the horse go faster!" LOL
I agree totally!
     
    04-07-2011, 05:58 PM
  #43
Yearling
JMO here. As always, it depends on the horse. I am not sure where I stand on spurs. I tend to lean toward the belief that they are a good tool when a rider's leg is noticeably longer, and extends far enough past the horse's belly to make it uncomfortable for the rider to lift the leg high enough to nudge. My DH is 6'3" and once he's more comfortable riding, he will need spurs to help his long limbs reach our QH's belly. Otherwise, she may never feel his feet, at least not in the right spot, to move out.
     
    04-10-2011, 05:38 PM
  #44
Yearling
I compare spurs to bits in alot of ways. Theyare only as abusive or gentle as the hands or legs of the person using them. If the person is heavy handed it doesn't matter what bit one uses it will hurt. If the person uses leg alllllll the time or is to heavy on the leg the spur is going to hurt. Can Spurs hurt a horse. Absolutely they can. Are they a good tool when needed. Yes, when used appropriately.
I've never really used my spurs for forward motion much. I rely on body position and maybe some calf pressure to move out. I will roll a spur to get my horse to move the front end over, bend the ribs a bit or move the hind end. Lateral work mostly and always lightly. Just like a Bridle bit. Light cues consistantly lead to a light horse.
They do help also cause I am 6'2" and If I try to use my leg without them it can be tough consideing my heel is 3-4 inches below the horses barrel.
     
    04-12-2011, 05:29 PM
  #45
Weanling
Has anyone had a horse that was trained to lower their head by spur? I rode a horse for a friend once, and her horse was trained that if you touched her with the spurs, she would lower her head/slow her stride. It was kinda funky.
     
    04-12-2011, 05:31 PM
  #46
Banned
Never heard of it for lowering the head, but for slowing down, sure. That's fairly common in Western Pleasure--"spur stop." Because you're supposed to show on a draped rein and are penalized for pulling on the bit to slow down...
     
    04-12-2011, 05:33 PM
  #47
Weanling
Oh, neat- that makes sense. Thanks :)
     
    04-14-2011, 09:30 AM
  #48
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by bubba13    
As a general rule, if a horse is popping his tail when you kick or bump, he's been soured by spurs (or just rough kicking). And he's not running as hard as he could otherwise, AND he's most likely soured for life....that's a hard, hard problem to fix.
General Rule? I have had a few (being about 20/30) breakers the do it when I just ask them to me, they just don't want to do it hahaha
     
    04-14-2011, 12:11 PM
  #49
Banned
Well,With my Horses.I use the reins to keep my horses running.I never grew up with Spurs.And might never,Im not saying that Spurs are bad.Im just saying that I just think,Reins might be another salution.Like,I said I have nothing against spurs.And I think their a good thing,To keep your horse going like during Barrel Racing(in which I do with my horses).But,I have a little itchy with Sharp Spurs,I worry about the horse when someone has those GIANT sharp,pointy spurs.But Dull sided spurs are perfectly dine (:
     
    04-14-2011, 08:32 PM
  #50
Green Broke
I don't see a problem with spurs my mare tends to get a bit stiff and not want to bend but with a bump from my spur she gets the idea. Now I use little bumpers and I don't kick the crap out if her they are simply to get her to move over, bend or refocus back on me as I don't like to carry a crop they also cone in handy when she's being difficult going forward again just a bump gets her to move out now. As mentioned before though I don't use them constantly and I don't rely on them for speed when we are competing. My friend has little spiky ones that her horse listens better to then the bumpers she had but most of us(5 girls ) use the same bumpers
     

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