Spur Newbie: Help me pick a spur legal for all 3 phases...clueless!
I will admit I've ridden for 25 years, schooled 3rd level dressage, evented, did hunters, started umpteen babies and I've never, ever worn a spur. I'm completely clueless as to how to proceed!
My pony is 13.3hh and it's hard to get my leg on her as she doesn't have much of a barrel. My trainer suggested I get a spur to help refine my aids and give me a little more length to make contact with her when I need it. I'm looking for a spur I can do all 3 phases in, that is not severe or harsh and will just help to refine my aides. What kind should I start with? How do I know what length I need? I see that roweled are the gentlest but not jumping legal. Are the Rollerball style a good start? I have a very quiet, safe leg but I don't want to risk bomping the little peanut by accident while I learn to use them. Thanks for any advice on buying my very first spurs! I feel like such a lost beginner! LOL
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I ride in a roweled spur at home, I think its called a starburst. I dont think it is legal at an event in dressage or USDF ddressage. At a dressage show only, I will ride in a smooth rowel spur which is actually legal at eventing for dressage. So at an event I just use a prince of whales- I think thats the name- so that I dont have to worry about finding and changing the spurs out. I ride in the longest legal length, but not sure what that actually is. I will be curious to what other do.
I think the roller balls are a nice place to start. I use them on Toby on the flat because I need spurs, but he can be sharp sometimes (over fences, I use practically a dummy spur....they're ridiculously tiny).
Has anyone ever used the spurs made out of composite material that you can interchange the ends? I got a set free with a pair of stirrups I ordered. Are they legal for showing? Yes, I read the rules but would like input. thanks, rt
Depending on how your leg sits, a swan neck might be appropriate as it elevates the point of contact. THis is useful if your heel falls well below the barrel making contact with a spur difficult. They are not a small spur though, so practice is necessary to make sure your using it correctly and might only suit your needs for dressage (onger stirrup length) and you may want a simple Prince of Wales to jump.
I don't care for the gimicky nature of the roller balls personally, I like a nice rounded POW if over 1/2" and if under that length, then the basic POW is just find since its hardly more than a nudge anyway.
I always used a POW on my dead sided appendix mare. I want to start using a spur on my OTTB (just so it doesn't surprise him so much if I do need it one day, and if I ever went to a clinic with a bnt who required them) so perhaps ill try the rollerball. That might be just the ticket!