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mandalea
Jul. 25, 2009, 07:44 PM
I did my first HT last weekend, and in my Stadium warm up, one of my spurs snapped. Right next to the shank. Which meant I had not sours to do XC in, which resulted in me having to retire.

I have managed to stick it back together with a crap load of duct tape, but will obviously only be able to use them at home.

So, which sours should I get next ? Should I stay with the standard P.O.W. type that I have, or something else ?

I wanted to try the ones with the little ball on the end, but they have to be legal for jumping as well - and your not allowed rowels.

J-Lu
Jul. 25, 2009, 09:52 PM
I can't answer your question but I can tell you that I owned a very favorite pair of Herme Sprenger half-inch knob end spurs. I loved them. They were delicate looking. They were light. One snapped on me at a show and I realized they were some wierd fill material with a metal finish. I was very disappointed since they are rather costly. I love knob end spurs and prefer them greatly over POWs for most horses, but I don't spend money on HS spurs anymore. I go for the cheaper ones. The ones with the rubber balls on them are nice, though. Check out the USEF website regularly to find out what is legal and what is not. It changes.

sublimequine
Jul. 25, 2009, 09:56 PM
I'm not trying to be snarky, but are your spurs really that vital that you couldn't finish the day in them? What would've happened without them? :confused:

I've never used spurs as I've only ever ridden VERY forward horses, so this is all foreign to me. :lol:

J-Lu
Jul. 25, 2009, 10:21 PM
I'm not trying to be snarky, but are your spurs really that vital that you couldn't finish the day in them? What would've happened without them? :confused:

I've never used spurs as I've only ever ridden VERY forward horses, so this is all foreign to me. :lol:

I evented a horse for which spurs = tickling the lower side of the = belly = raising her back. Thus, she used her back. No spurs = more generalized pressure from my heel on her side = rush forward into the bridle and brace the back. It sucked to ride, and this was a VERY forward horse. Spurs prevented her from going too forward. To a greater and lesser degree, this is true for many horses when spurs are on an educated leg. Unless you've ridden the horses that other people post about, you really can't say much about what the horse really does and doesn't need.

sublimequine
Jul. 25, 2009, 10:23 PM
I evented a horse for which spurs = tickling the lower side of the = belly = raising her back. Thus, she used her back. No spurs = more generalized pressure from my heel on her side = rush forward into the bridle and brace the back. It sucked to ride, and this was a VERY forward horse. Spurs prevented her from going too forward. To a greater and lesser degree, this is true for many horses when spurs are on an educated leg. Unless you've ridden the horses that other people post about, you really can't say much about what the horse really does and doesn't need.

I know, that's why I was asking for clarification. I've never even used spurs, so I haven't a clue why they'd be so vital like that. :winkgrin:

J-Lu
Jul. 25, 2009, 10:37 PM
Oh I'm sorry. I misread your post. I'm sorry!!!! :sadsmile:

In my experience, spurs can really make the difference on rushers, especially over fences and especially on cross country. I've found that judicious use of spurs in the right place can really help a horse who likes to rush or run away collect by getting them to round their backs away from the spurs. I used POW spurs on a terrible rusher and it made all the difference. But I rode a junior jumper who would have been in the next county if I wore spurs. I prefer little knob ends on wimpier horses who need some extra encouragement and no spurs on horses who genuinely are comfortable over fences. In my limited jumping experince.

sublimequine
Jul. 25, 2009, 10:47 PM
Oh I'm sorry. I misread your post. I'm sorry!!!! :sadsmile:

In my experience, spurs can really make the difference on rushers, especially over fences and especially on cross country. I've found that judicious use of spurs in the right place can really help a horse who likes to rush or run away collect by getting them to round their backs away from the spurs. I used POW spurs on a terrible rusher and it made all the difference. But I rode a junior jumper who would have been in the next county if I wore spurs. I prefer little knob ends on wimpier horses who need some extra encouragement and no spurs on horses who genuinely are comfortable over fences. In my limited jumping experince.

That's so interesting, I'd NEVER guess that using spurs on a rusher would actually help. I just figured spurs = more forward, which is the last thing you need on a rushing horse. :lol:

What's POW stand for?

HCF
Jul. 25, 2009, 10:58 PM
I have these and I love them!!!

http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-25194&ids=346514663

mandalea
Jul. 26, 2009, 05:56 AM
I'm not trying to be snarky, but are your spurs really that vital that you couldn't finish the day in them? What would've happened without them? :confused:

I've never used spurs as I've only ever ridden VERY forward horses, so this is all foreign to me. :lol:

No spurs = head held high enough to give me a blood nose, side passes when not asked and levade :lol:

Spurs = Rounded through the back, straight lines and all 4 feet on the ground :winkgrin:


In my experience, spurs can really make the difference on rushers, especially over fences and especially on cross country. I've found that judicious use of spurs in the right place can really help a horse who likes to rush or run away collect by getting them to round their backs away from the spurs. I used POW spurs on a terrible rusher and it made all the difference. But I rode a junior jumper who would have been in the next county if I wore spurs. I prefer little knob ends on wimpier horses who need some extra encouragement and no spurs on horses who genuinely are comfortable over fences. In my limited jumping experince.

:yes:

He rushes terribly when I don't have them on, and is a PITA to ride. As soon as they touch his side, who knows I'm serious and he has to work.


That's so interesting, I'd NEVER guess that using spurs on a rusher would actually help. I just figured spurs = more forward, which is the last thing you need on a rushing horse. :lol:

What's POW stand for?

That's what I first thought. I thought he would be worse, but he's always the best with them on.

POW stands for Prince Of Wales, which is these: http://www.horsetackinternational.com/images/213389A-pow-spurs.jpg

Their just the ones with the plain shank.

HCF: That;s exactly what I was talking about ! Those are the ones I want to try, but I don't know if they are legal for jumping in Australia. I know a friend of mine uses them, but I only watched her dressage, not her jumping.

PaddyUK
Jul. 26, 2009, 10:24 AM
Are you guys not allowed to wear these http://www.pelhamtack.co.uk/cart.php?target=product&product_id=1325

They aren't a rowel spur and if he can wear them in all phases?

I've had mine for a couple of years now and use them for everything, except higher level dressage.

Paddy

indyblue
Jul. 26, 2009, 05:42 PM
I have these and I love them!!!

http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-25194&ids=346514663

These are what I use as well:)

Bobthehorse
Jul. 26, 2009, 09:18 PM
I wanted to try the ones with the little ball on the end, but they have to be legal for jumping as well - and your not allowed rowels.

Soft touch spurs (the ones with the rolling ball, in plastic or steel) are not rowel spurs and are legal in all phases (at least here). They are for horses who get rubs easily. They do not act like rowels.

Is there a reason you want different spurs? Are yours not doing what you want them to? Besides breaking, of course.

SillyHorse
Jul. 26, 2009, 09:27 PM
POW stands for Prince Of Wales
Not too long ago I was in a tack store (a very big tack store that is nationally known through their catalog) and there were at least six little displays with various types of POW spurs, each with a little sign that read, "Prince of Whales Spurs." Yoiks! :lol: