Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
The wheel at the end of the shank on a Western spur is called a rowel. There are tons of different shapes and sizes depending on the purpose you have in mind for them. The proper use of a spur is not to jab your horse but to roll the rowel which is actually much more comforting to your horse then the knob type.
The problem, I believe, that most people who are uneducated as to the use of spurs, is that they see them as a means to stick them into the sides of a horse rather then to use them as an aid. The suggestion I always give to a rider asking about spurs is to not use them until they fully understand how they work, otherwise they can be a torture devise for a horse.
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