Angus Cowman":3vfnih7j said:I use them all the time
If a person knows how to use spurs they are a great training aid for an individual that doesn't they are a cruel form of punishment for the horse
Back when I was riding alot of colts I started all of them with spurs
the horse will be alot more attentive and work off of cues alot more with just a slight touch from a set of spurs if used correctly
I taught my kids how to use spurs and how not to use them I wish everyone that wore them had been taught this lesson
Very well saidhayray":1ag2uln5 said:Spurs are an important component of horse training. The blunt heel of a boot requires too much force to be applied from the leg, this does a couple of things - often causes the rider to artificially move the leg out of the proper position by exaggerating use of the leg, and then also slows the timing of application of the leg down and usually puts the riders timing behind that of the horse. Just more efficient to use them. Alot people obviously get by with out them but it is a compromise of time, efficiency and responsiveness.
I am wondering if you trained horses? They can be a very useful tool when teaching leg cuing and maintaining a gait ~ they do not need to be used as a punishment, and should not be used as a punishment. Just like a lot of things, can be very functional if used properly.talldog":2fyze4r8 said:
angie":2rq6hesa said:I am wondering if you trained horses? They can be a very useful tool when teaching leg cuing and maintaining a gait ~ they do not need to be used as a punishment, and should not be used as a punishment. Just like a lot of things, can be very functional if used properly.talldog":2rq6hesa said:
hayray":2m0mos0w said:I would guess that the reason that the horse does not respond well for you is that it is more use of the aids type of thing. Maybe the other riders sit lighter and more balanced and keep the legs off the horses and maybe you are sitting heavy with your legs already on the the horse gripping and the horse is balky against your constant active aids. When you are using the spurs it is imitating the on and off action of the aids, however using the spurs as a substitute for over active leg aid will eventually make the horse dull to the spurs also. I have no idea if this is what you are doing but I have seen the exact same thing many times. Our well trained horses cannot be rode well by novice riders and seem dull and un-responsive compared to when a well trained rider gets on them. One way to double check if you are over riding with active aids is see if you are gripping with your lower leg all the time and if you are slouching in the saddle and sitting back on your butt, you should not be. You should be sitting more like you stand with a decent amount of weight in your stirrups and sitting straight up, and also see if you are riding accidentially with your hands and arms up in the air too much. All those things can make a horse back off and not go forth or otherwise called balky.