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 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