Anyone who ever uses a spur on a horse, is giving away a lot about themselves as not only a horseman but also as a human. Even if they think they are using them ‘kindly’ or ‘gently’……whatever. A spur indicates that the person is focused more on pressure than release; more on make rather than ask; more on getting the task done than rewarding the try; on getting what they want rather than on how the horse feels. And they don’t understand that even if they get the horse to do their bidding, it won’t last because horses learn by release and not by pressure. If you can’t get it done with a horse without using a spur, then maybe you shouldn’t be doing it…..or maybe the answer lies in the mirror.
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