Use spurs properly

Use spurs properly

Spores should only be used selectively and sensitively.

General information about the use of spores

Spores, it has always been in equestrian sport, they were worn for several reasons.

  • Cowboys wear especially noticeable designed spores usually still chattering at each step if the cogs turning. These spores are primarily a decorative aspect, dress cowboy, complete his appearance.
  • In the classical riding, they are use by shaped more or less long, slightly curved upwards or provided with wheels.
  • Basically spores have only one real task to announce the fine aids more accurate and sensitive. There is a misconception that they had a drive function should be used to drive the horse, to make diligent. They belong only to the boots of an experienced rider who has a proper fit with a quiet fitting leg and sure knows how to use it properly and efficiently. Hence comes the saying "to earn the spores". Only the hard-working and experienced riders should apply them.
  • Unfortunately, many horses are blunted by the misuse and unresponsive to normal forward or sideways driving aids. Especially bad it is, even if the rider his horse mistreated with the spores, it rides really sore.

The correct use of spores

  • Spurs must be fitted properly, they must be adapted horse and rider alike, so that the supporting Hilfengebung addressing the right issues is really possible. According to need big rider with a long leg usually correspondingly longer spores, so that you can give support without falsely to pull the heel upwards. If your sales but right on the horse stomach, you need only short.
  • It is important that you only targeted and selective use the spores as a small invitation or encouragement to your horse to respond finer and better. Especially in sideways driving aids in the traversal, while the haunches or with all other expressions, you can support your help and run the cleaner lesson by light-duty use. However, it is not right to have the spores are constantly on the horse, the constant contact blunts.
  • Be sure you are aware of a deep heel slightly turned inward toe, so make sure that the spores do not ever touch the sensitive abdominal area. A minimal Extends foot then enough already to bring the spores used.
  • You can use this tool particularly well with the enhanced assembly used if your horse with the hind legs to absorb deep tread down and load to simultaneously raise up front to become large. Occasionally used the strap short, you can activate the hindquarters so much more effective.
  • In the high performance categories M, S, Grand Prix or intermediary I and II, the lessons are very difficult to Hilfengebung must be very precise and fine. With the leg pressure over the boots, the references are often not accurate enough, the small-scale use of spores does. In a well-rehearsed pair you can from the outside, the different aids often hardly notice because only the smallest aids are needed that understands the horse immediately and reacts accordingly.

It is important, however, that you can ride your horse properly without spores also only then the work is meaningful. Your horse should already know the tools that you want to refine with spurs to respond properly. Spores never belong to the boots of riding for beginners, because this would inevitably lead to the horse and unintentionally inflict pain if you stick with the paragraph and the spores peaks in the horse's belly.

Types of spores

  • In classical Riding mostly quite short spurs are used as the rider's leg is slightly bent and has contact with the horse stomach. Depending on the size ratio of rider and horse, these are of different lengths. Many a particularly great rider requires so-called gooseneck spores, which are bent upwards. So he has a chance to be able to use the spores at all effective.
  • In Western Riding include curved and provided with gears spores to outfit with this. The cowboy sits differently on the horse, rather with an elongated leg, so the spores are generally longer and bent upwards it here. Large wheels are much more pleasant for the horse as small, because the large roll easier on the horse's belly along, while the smaller ones can be quite painful. A really well-trained western horse, already responded to the clatter of the spores, the rider must only indicate its assistance. This high art, there are only rare.
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