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post #1 of 13 Old 08-09-2010, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Questions about spurs

I think it is time for me to learn how to use spurs! That is simple enough, so here are my questions.

So, me being a person who sometimes jumps the gun, I have already went out a bought a pair of spurs. But the problem is, I don't know if they are safe to start learning in or not. SO are these spurs ok for a beginner to start in?

If they aren't ok, what type of spur would you reccomend me getting?

And regardless of what you think, what does this spur do to the horse?

Also, do I have these on my boot correctly? I've looked through magazienes for how they wear their spurs, but I can't find a good enough pic to see how they have them on and they aren't consistant in the way they wear them.

I threw out the tags to these spurs, so I don't know the specifics on them (if you could tell me that as well, I wouldn't mind ), but they are made by Weaver Leather. They are a womens spur, and the spur straps are made by Weaver as well.

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post #2 of 13 Old 08-09-2010, 01:08 AM
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They are almost EXACTLY the same as my spurs - they are a good, mild, but effective spur. I'm a big fan of mine - And they were my first apir as well. And yep, they are on correctly.

The swan neck means you don't have to compromise your leg position to engage them - Which I like as I don't usually ride very big horses.

The rowel is blunt and rotates, so it will roll up the horses side as opposed to 'poking' and won't cause pain.

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I thought they would be mild. Some of the spurs I saw had pointy star shaped rowels(?) and they were about a quarter of an inch long. I am scared to see the person who used those.

The reason I want to start using them is because all the horses I ride are spur trained and rarely ridden without them. So I feel bad when they are being stubborn and I'm slapping them with my legs.

My instructor uses a lot of different spurs so I will be learning from a knowledgeable source.
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Your horse wil let you know if you're not using them correctly! They look mild but effective.
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Your horse wil let you know if you're not using them correctly! They look mild but effective.
Yeah I figure they can tell me more about the actual use of spurs than my instructor can.
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I always wear spurs on trail/cross-country, sometimes that horse needs to just "do it." I will roll my spurs softly to get their attention but will poke my mare on one side by flexing my ankle if she needs to do what she knows she is supposed to be doing (usually during a public-type event).
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The most imporant thing to remember while wearing them is to keep your heels down. Sometimes if you're not paying attention or you're trotting/loping your heels can creep up on you & you can be giving your horse mixed signals.
They look good & mild as far as spurs go.
As for how you've put them on I have the buckles for my spur straps on the ouside of my foot rather then the inside because it can be uncomfortable when you're in the saddle to have those buckles pressing into you're foot.
Also, you may need bottom straps that go under the heel. Not always! I do, however because if I don't then my spurs tend to pop up & flop around when im at a lope.

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As for how you've put them on I have the buckles for my spur straps on the ouside of my foot rather then the inside because it can be uncomfortable when you're in the saddle to have those buckles pressing into you're foot.
Also, you may need bottom straps that go under the heel. Not always! I do, however because if I don't then my spurs tend to pop up & flop around when im at a lope.
that's what I was thinking when I was trying to figure out how to put them on, because the fancy side wouldn't go on the inside, but the buckles seemed like they would be a nuicanse(sp?). So I was sitting there for a few minutes looking like this .

I think I will be fine without them. Its a pretty tight fit already on the boot and they haven't moved around when I walk in them. Yes, I am one of those people who have to wear their new article of clothing asap after it is purchased.

Just in case, how much would bottom straps cost in case I do need them?
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Oh durr, didn't even notice the buckles were on the wrong side :]

I don't use bottom straps with mine but they are a nice tight fit and I ride in Ariats with a spur rest.

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