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  • Proper fit of western spurs

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    11-19-2010, 07:22 AM
Green Broke

Well I have decided to use these but am confused on the styles and uses. I will use these next year on my filly when I go to refine her. But even now I can use them in hand on the ground to get her to move away from pressure and get used to the feel. I'm looking at steel bumper spurs. They look interesting. Does anyone know about them or used them? Or I like spurs with a nob on the end. The only one pictured in my magazine is called english prince of Wales. Why do most western spurs have the wheel? Is it harsh? Confused. I'm not in a hurry but would like an idea of what I should get for refinement. Oh, how do you measure a horse for a girth? I've never done that. Just thrown a saddle on and make it fit. But I would like for my filly to get a right fit. Thanks guys!
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    11-19-2010, 08:10 AM
Green Broke
Bumping this thread
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    11-19-2010, 08:35 AM
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.
    11-19-2010, 09:57 AM
Green Broke
I planned on using them as a tool. Like when you use your fist or hand with constant pressure until the horse moves away from it. I would not jab or kick with them. I've seen a lot of people do that and the horse can end up with a sore. Thank you though.
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    11-19-2010, 10:06 AM
The way I would use them in your case would be to first determine where my leg would be with the spur, then lay the spur sideways against the horse (the way it would affect him if it were on your boot) and roll it up and down ~2" - not press and hold it against him until he reacted.
    11-19-2010, 10:10 AM
Green Broke
K. Why roll it? I am willing to learn. What type of spur do you use when you say roll up and down? Both the rowel and the knob kind? See I can make my older mare move with just my boots but I think I could get a faster response with an extension of my heel.
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    11-19-2010, 10:16 AM
Rolling the rowel gives a better sensation to the horse (which is why the rowel on a Western spur moves) . I find that my horses react much faster with that action then to just press it against their sides. What I usually use is a 2" shank with either a clover leaf or a 6 point blunt star rowel - but that's Western. When I used to ride English, I used the Prince of Wales spur.
    11-19-2010, 10:24 AM
Green Broke
Do you use the same action with the Wales?
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    11-19-2010, 06:50 PM
More so then a knob - at least in my experience.

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