I have no problem with spurs as long as they are used correctly. I hate it when I see little kids with spikey spurs and just go at it on their horse- no not okay. I use spurs only on the horses that need it, and I use rounded small spurs- so it doesn’t hurt it just is a different feeling from my heel so they actually react. Spurs are a great aid for riding- when not overused. Remember to treat your horse like it’s you.
I think a lot of riders rely on them, and I think a lot of riders misuse them. However...there are also a lot of riders who use them correctly and as an extension of their leg. I fall into the “rely on them” category....so I don’t ride with spurs myself. 😜
I use tiny spurs for jumping and only used if my (very sensitive and forward moving) horse goes to refuse or if they ignore my usual leg aids. I rarely ever use them, only If they go to look at a jump but mostly they just sit there as a back up tool, I find I can get a more immediate response than with a crop
I’m not totally against them when they are on the right heels. When used as a training aid only they can be useful but when used to inflict pain are just wrong. I am getting spurs for my horse to get him more supple to my leg aids sideways and that is it.
I ride with spurs, i like them. Ive also been trained on how to use them correctly. And the right hands they really are a great extension of your leg and aids, when needed. Some horses really do need them.
I have no issues with spurs when used correctly. They can be great for reinforcing aids in the moment. What I don’t like is when I see little children with huge spurs on and Pelhams or gags in their horses mouths
I don't have a problem with them, I personally use them because without it I wouldn't be able to jump or work my mare. However I use a round spur so it does not hurt and sometimes I put a elastic coverage in her, that prevents the spurs hurting her. You need to learn how to use it, or else it's just cruel with the horse. I completely support the no blood rule in the competitions. always after I get off the show jumping ring the inspector check my mare for any signs of blood, and if there is your are off the championship. This really influences people to be more careful.