The Spurs Experiment 

Some of you will know that I have been toying with the idea of trying spurs on Scottie for a while now. He just doesn’t respond well to my leg when you want a bit more, or if he just can’t be bothered with life! And when we are backing off a jump, I think spurs might help keep him in front of my leg.

Well yesterday at a big equine sale, I stumbled upon a small pair of korsteel spurs for a fantastic price and just had to get them. (It would have been silly not to!) 


As you can see in the photo, they are very small and rounded and should be a very good starter spur for a horse who has never had them before. I don’t think Scottie would have ever had spurs used on him before so I was interested to see what he would be like with them.

I rode with them yesterday afternoon had had overall good results. He wasn’t really that fussed about them and we were doing some lovely walk and trot work. However, upward transitions, where i have to use more leg, took a while and were quite tense where he wouldn’t listen to my leg and then objected a little to the spur. But by the end of the session this had also improved. I also think part of the reason we have this problem is that I usually ride quite strong with my legs for transitions which I didn’t want to do yesterday and be jabbing him with the spurs for no reason. So practice is needed on both pur parts!

I don’t think I will be using them for this months E Dressage test, just because we aren’t quite relaxed enough with them yet. But I think that session showed that they could be a very good choice for us in the future! 

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