They are very useful if used correctly, I use Spursuaders, the end is big and flat and the edges are very rounded so they don’t hurt the horse, google images of them, my description isn’t very good haha
Spurs are great if used correctly and at a certain level of Dressage they have to be worn in competition. I have a gently leg and my mare is very responsive energetic and quirky and I find them useful in lateral work.
I would never wear spurs in a million years!! I absolutely hate them. Just think would u want a piece of metal dig into your side? I bet the answer was a no. So if u wouldn’t want it to happen to u, why do it to your horse? My friend decided she wanted to start wearing spurs. Me being me I took the spur and put it into my side the same amount of pressure u would a horse. It hurt so much! It would hurt the horse more than it hurt me too. There nerves are right at the top of the skin so the pain they feel is worse than what we would feel.
When needed and used CORRECTLY they are a great tool for backing up your leg and sharpening your aids! I wouldn't use them all the time but for a lazy horse that lacks motivation a quick brush up over a few rides is beneficial.
It depends on the rider, I wouldn't use them myself as i don't have any need for them. If the rider is experienced, they can use it as long as they don't use it in the wrong way. As said, the rider needs to be experienced and needs to know the ''rules'' with spurs, they are not meant to be used in a harmful way, or as punishment.
I personally don't like them, but if they're being used in the right hands by an experience (nice), rider who isn't jabbing their heels into their horse every 5 seconds then they're okay. My trainer tried to get me to put some on but I know my lower leg isn't still enough yet (in my opinion), so I didn't want to risk hurting my horse. I think they can be abusive in the wrong hands though, there are other ways to control and engage your horse without pain
HATE THEM, PEOPLE HAVE TO GET THAT YOU CANT USE SPURS PROPERLY! If you use them "properly" they are still going to hurt the horse! Would you like metal getting jabbed into your ribs? They were designed to inflict pain so you can control your horse better!