“Spurs may be worn at all levels (in British Dressage) and are mandatory from advanced level upwards”
“Excessive use of spurs is forbidden”
“Rowels with points must have rounded ends”
All from the current 2020 British Dressage rule book and all sensible. There are so many reasons why spurs are a complicated subject but it should be. We know that whips and spurs are simply artificial aids. Natural aids are your seat, weight, legs and hands. Artificial aids act to reinforce the natural ones. Spurs aren't there to be used every time your leg is placed on. You should be able to actively apply your leg aid without using the spur. A good trainer does not allow their pupil to wear spurs until they have developed a degree of independence of seat and use of leg. Proper use of the spur takes knowledge and experience.
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So remember – as summarised by The Self Sufficient Horseman:
- Artificial aids are meant to reinforce the natural ones, not replace them.
- One should always be educated in the proper use of the artificial aids before attempted use.
- Never target blame of abuse toward the object, it's always the person using it.
- And beware, you never know who may be watching you...
Final thought - it's not about the whips or spurs, it's how you use them!