Pressure spurs??

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  • myhorsemushie Original Poster
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    I have a young horse and I have a hard time keeping him going sometimes. He’s not lazy, but he gets tired during our lesson and i need a little extra oomph. I have a bad habit of my leg swinging when I don’t concentrate on it. When I have the spurs on and my leg swings he doesn’t like it very much. We basically work agains each other because he gets mad at my leg. I’ve tried spurs in the past but it hasn’t ended well. My leg has gotten stronger and I want to try spurs again. I want to try “pressure” or “soft touch” spurs instead of pointed. But before I purchase them I want to know if they work! Anyone know if they do work?? Also any exercises to help with my leg would be appreciated!!

    This is my boy!! I love him to bits but ,unfortunately he didn’t come with papers. Anyone know what breed he looks like?

    pheets pheets
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    If you KNOW his slow way of going is NOT laziness, perhaps re-evaluate your fitness/conditioning programme before drilling him for more of what he doesn’t yet have to give. Young horses frequently have growth and development spurts that can be exhausting for them from the broad spectrum energy demand of such. They can get pretty achy all over, too, from same. Re-evaluate his diet as well, making sure to cover all the nutrient needs for growth, development, and the energy needed to just get thru a busy growing and active day. If still sluggish, chat with your vet, anemia, among other things, can present as lazy/fatigued. If an option, might chat with the breeder, too, could be just his genetic propensity to be casual, some breeds/lines/horses are.

    I am techno-maroon in every way and am not seeing a pic or link to your boy, sorry!

    Good luck with this, and stay safe : )

    • This reply was modified 4 years ago by pheets pheets.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

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    I am not sure what you mean by “pressure” spurs, but I can tell you that if your legs are not still and quiet, any kind of spur will create more problems than solve – no matter how “strong” your legs are. I agree with the other answer: if you know the horse isn’t lazy, work on conditioning. Take yourself out for a 5-mile run. Imagine someone on your back and prodding you because you have got tired and are not working fast enough.

    Take the horse out of the arena and trail ride, if you can. Forget the “training” and have fun with him – likely this will also help you find better legs. Spend some time feeling how the horse’s body moves. When you are in the ring, you can even close your eyes. Feel how his body sways at the walk, and try enunciating its movement by using that leg, i.e. when the body sways to the right, push it over more with your left leg, and when it swings to the left, push it over more with your right leg. In this way, you are asking the hind legs to step up at the most opportune time.
    When you post, try squeezing with both legs as you sit – or if he has a sudden spurt of speed, keep posting, but close you hands as you sit, and release immediately. These are things that work within your horse’s rhythm – as well as give him a rhythm to work to!
    Have fun!

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    I use pressure type spurs and yes they work well. It is a transition as your leg will need to quiet down.

    No laughing, way back when I wore spurs because everyone did, except for when I started my young mare. Got dumped a few times then one day had my spurs on she went to buck, I clamped my legs around her startled the heck out of her so she hopped but didn’t buck, a few more times of that and if I wore spurs she didn’t buck. Then I got out of the habit of wearing them.

    Part of the reason I went back to spurs was to help with knee problems,
    so I got the kind bumper kind that are to the inside. You want ones that fit your leg well so you can easily use your calf with out touching the spur to the horse. You still do soft calf cues, with the occasional hey listen to me.

    It takes training yourself and your horse to ride with them.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Is he tired or simply bored? Perhaps changing your routine and adding something more interesting such as ground work on long reins would be good for him. I would never use spurs on a young horse – work on your legs. Try riding a bicycle for about 5 miles twice a day, which worked for me after taking off 20 years. Did not see a picture.

    You might also try riding him bareback, doing a lot of bending and flexing exercises, and teach him an extensive vocabulary. Figure 8s, serpentines, small circles are all good for balance and collection. Get him an MP3 player (my boy likes Queen) and ride to music. Keeping him interested and not doing the same things in the same order can work wonders.

    It is never the horse's fault

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    You didn’t mention how long your lessons are, but I agree with the others that it is likely a conditioning issue which will take some time and patience to improve. Your trainer should be able to give you some exercises to work on. Also doing fun things as the others mentioned to keep him interested, and if you can trail ride on some hills you will accomplish both at once – conditioning and fun.

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