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