*well, except when I forget and then end up hating myself.
Tristan is the epitome of the kick ride. Getting forward is our #1 problem, and nearly always has been, except for the early phase in which "stay all four feet on the ground" was our biggest problem.
So: spurs. Every time, every ride. Spurs, whip, helmet: without these things, riding does not happen.
Mind you, I am not digging into him with every stride. They're a pointed reminder that I need to have in my toolkit to remind him that this shit is for real, they help give an edge to our transitions, and basically my life is much better when I have them on my feet.
So I'm not rethinking the actual wearing of spurs.
But I am rethinking the spurs that I have.
They're 1/2" Prince of Wales nubs. Bog-standard, except they do have fake crystal thingies on the side which, um, is the only way I can tell which way to put them on. Also, half the crystals are missing now, BUT I DIGRESS.
Do you ride with spurs? What type of spurs? Should I try a longer spur for a more effective aid? What about swan's neck spurs? (Keeping in mind I am 5'9" and he is 15 hands, and keeping my leg on properly is definitely a consistent challenge.)
Please, talk me through this. It feels like this is an area I could make a small change that might pay off in dividends.