I ride with spurs on the flat (1/2" knob end spurs) and spurs and a bat (19") over fences. I like to flat my horse with a dressage whip to get him more responsive to my leg, but that's not every day (he's pretty sensitive).
I use both for my 4 year old Hanoverian. 1inch spurs, dressage whip at home. He is a dressage horse but does play in the hunter ring, then I wear my spurs and a hunter bat/crop whatever is the longest I can find
I always ride with both; I was told from a young age that you should always ride with both no matter the horse. The crop that I ride with is short and my spurs are tiny but I have two OTTB so that is why.
One horse I ride with nothing as she's an ex-eventer with plenty of go. A green pony I'm training, I use small spurs, and a jumping bat. And on my own horse and everything else I usually always carry a short jumping bat.
I've always prefurred a jumping bat to a longer whip.
my old pony was REALLY lazy in the ring so I always rode with whatever size crop I could find around the barn. I also always hacked with little nubby spurs just for encouragement but took them off to jump because my pony needed no encouragement to jump.
I use each as required... for shows I always put on some itty-bitty spurs, may even also use a jumping bat as the show progresses. And at home I'll usually pick up (or drop) a crop if I feel my horse is not moving off my leg as I need him to. Must of the time I like the little ones, but if we're really having a weird day, out comes the dressage whip.
I personally can't stand people who automatically get on with a huge dressage whip, before they even know the horse. If the horse is well known to be consistently lazy, then yes, I understand, and I understand if it's just a little crop. But if they are catchrides you've never ridden before and you head straight for the dressage whip? *Sorry, I needed a vent about this silly woman with a really loose, ineffective leg that will not grasp the fact that she can't ride.
Maybe all this biased stuff because I have an odd baby OTTB... with mood swings.
I wear the long rolley spurs with pretty much everyone I ride, way to annoying to take off put on :] just dont use on everyone. I ride with a dressage whip more than crop. its easier, they know its there and when I do need to tap them i dont have to take my hand off the reins, its eaiser. I ride some with a crop, depends on if theyre lazy or just dont move off my leg and their personallites.
I have spurs and I have a crop - does that count??
Well, to be honest, I almost always carry a crop. I have a 19" (I think) for schooling in various colors and a much shorter black one for showing. My retired guy NEVER needed anything. I carried the crop in lessons as it was better to have "just in case" vs be having a bad moment and no weapony. My hand worked but it really wasn't as effective that's for sure. Generally though, he never needed anything.
My other guy, although an OTTB, is pretty lazy. If I don't carry the crop-he knows! I don't usually use the crop unless it's one of those 90 + degree days with wicked humidity but I think I need the crop on those days too! Every once in a while he'll get "stuck" but a good crack with that crop seems to have no effect anyway (guess he got the whip a lot while racing ). For showing-I will take it to the ring but then usually hand it off before I go in. He, though just emerging from the green stages, totally knows the difference between schooling in the ring and actually showing. I can't get strides to save my life when schooling but in a class he just knows what he's supposed to get and gets it! If we are at a longer show, he gets more quiet as the days go on so I will take the crop in with me but I have never used it.
Never put spurs on either one. Threaten to use them sometimes since they don't know what they are but I'm sure my threats mean nothing Besides, I get better reactions from them hanging on a hook in my house than using them on a horse