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  • Do spurs go up or down
  • How to wear dressage spurs up or down

 
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    05-21-2009, 08:49 PM
  #11
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
Good bit of information there, spider, but what conclusion did it bring you? Up or Down?

Pretty much most dressage riders ride with the spurs down and most are designed that way. I have spurs with blunt rowels and they point down. If you look at most dressage riders they tend to sit with the leg a bit more under and back so the spurs fitted a few inches up the back of the boot will come in contact without having to lift up the heel.

The other thing is that the spurs are meant to be used just under the side and "lift" the horse up to the seat.
     
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    05-21-2009, 08:51 PM
  #12
Trained
That's fair enough. Would you think the same applies to the spurs in the OP, considering (to me) they don't look like dressage type spurs?

As far as I know the more western type spurs tend to point up...
     
    05-21-2009, 08:55 PM
  #13
Trained
This is the kind I have in mind...

     
    05-21-2009, 08:55 PM
  #14
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
That's fair enough. Would you think the same applies to the spurs in the OP, considering (to me) they don't look like dressage type spurs?

As far as I know the more western type spurs tend to point up...
Hard to say because I haven't done that much western.

Just thought you would like to see what the FEI thought.

But one thing is for sure, since the WEG are under the FEI umbrella it would be their rules that would apply so maybe you can find what the FEI rules are in the reining discipline?

Re your last post picture...the actual rowel part of the spur is pointing down.
     
    05-21-2009, 09:00 PM
  #15
Trained
Yes the rowel part is pointing down but the angle of the neck is making the spur at least level and on many others pointing up...

I would imagine to help the really long legged cowboys on teeny little cutters and reiners? It would be very difficult to contact with the spur in a case like that, let alone with one pointing down...

Hmmm, this is interesting!
     
    05-21-2009, 09:06 PM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
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.
That may be the case IDK. These spurs looked like they were deisgned to point down. But its all good!
     
    05-22-2009, 10:00 PM
  #17
Green Broke
I'm going to say down, as most spurs (even rowels) are meant to be worn down. The pics that were posted, while the base curves up, the rowel part actually curves down. I had a trainer growing up that made me flip my spurs over so they were pointing up on a particularly slow horse. It gives your spur a completely different feel to the horse, one that's much more severe. The only time i'd recommend someone to wear a spur that curved up (like a swan neck) would be a long legged rider who's heel hung below their horse's barrel so they won't have to move their leg so much.
     
    05-23-2009, 08:37 AM
  #18
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Originally Posted by cowgirl4jesus94    
I got a pair of slip on spurs that look like this;;


Do you wear them so the rolly thing points up or points down? To me they look like they should point down. But i'm not 100% sure...
Those are the exact same sprus I have. I say up,
     
    05-23-2009, 09:35 AM
  #19
Foal
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Originally Posted by morganshow11    
Those are the exact same sprus I have. I say up,
Obviously you've never read the rules and regulations regarding spurs.
     
    05-23-2009, 10:49 AM
  #20
Foal
Always down, If you wear them up you will be poking the horse if you even put your calf on him. Which you won't realize you are doing, and you'll make him sour for sure :)
     

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