Good bit of information there, spider, but what conclusion did it bring you? Up or Down?
I ride my boy in spurs the same as I posted above, but with a smooth rowel, and I can tell you if they pointed down in any way I would have a hard time getting them to touch him without sticking my toes out! And he has a very deep barrell.
Trissa, I use my spurs how they were made to be used and that is upward :] It might be a different thing for different countries, though. Different again between disciplines, as I sue campdrafting spurs and sometimes cutting spurs, have never used dummy spurs or 'impuls' spurs.