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post #11 of 14 Old 04-18-2016, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Smilie View Post
You are talking of the 'spur stop" which is being advocated against,, and was /is used by some western pleasure trainers , for their non pro and youth clients to have a 'button,' if you wish, to allow them to rate that horse on a drapped rein, more easily then skill needed to rate them with legs alone, only going to the spur if needed.
The spur is not used in this case, to have the horse move forward, quite the contrary, but has those spurs put into the horse, esp at the lope, to keep him slow. These horses become one trick ponies, afraid to move out, and thus can't cross over to western riding , HUS, ect, without a lot of re -training
I'm not referring to the "spur stop" although there is plenty of that going on at the same time and is still being advocated by the low end trainers at the low end shows. I'm talking about girls who never, ever stop jabbing those spurs for everything and never stop using them.

I even see them spurring their horses at a dead stand still while they are parked at the rail talking to their mothers. At the same time, they are jerking the reins up every 3 seconds with their hands at their ears because of course, the poor horse thinks it's being told to move!
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post #12 of 14 Old 04-18-2016, 01:29 PM
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Agree. I wear my spurs low on my heel so i can use them only to aid in lateral movement as needed. "go" should come from your leg and a crop, if an artificial aid is needed- spurs are to aid in lateral and such.

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post #13 of 14 Old 04-18-2016, 08:13 PM
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I am also very surprised that you are encountering so many horses that need to be ridden with spurs. A young and fairly inexperienced rider is not someone who should be using spurs and a horse suitable for such a rider shouldn't need them.
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post #14 of 14 Old 04-18-2016, 09:47 PM
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Improperly using spurs can lead to a dead sided horse, seen that happen with an old neighbor's "kick & go" horse. Louie thought of himself as a cowboy (he was school bus driver), so he wore jingle bob spurs and a long oilskin most of the time, us equestrian gals laughed our butts off at him. Don't be like Louie.
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