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  • How long of a shank on spur
  • What length shank do I need for a mans spur

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    09-19-2013, 07:08 PM
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I am getting a pair of spurs. My question is how long should the shank be? I am about 5'5" and my horse is 15 h and has a thick barrel. I'm looking at some plain, simple ones that have a 1 1/8" band and 2 1/2" shank, does this sound like a good size?
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    09-20-2013, 05:15 PM
I am looking at 4 now...

The first ones are 1 1/8" band and 2 1/2" shank
Second are 1" band and 2 1/8" shank
Third are 1 1/4" band and 2 1/8" shank
Fourth are 1" band and 2 1/2" shank
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    09-20-2013, 06:54 PM
Green Broke
The length of the shank is going to be determined by where your heel falls on his sides. If your heels are close you don't need a long shank like you posted above, a shorter roper type spur would work better. I have long shanked or goosenecks for riding horses that my leg hangs down lower and I have to really move my lower leg/ heel to make contact with the spur.
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    09-21-2013, 02:34 PM
Also some of those are painted , you'll find paint scratches off easily sometimes even being shipped to you as steel rubs together.

    09-21-2013, 04:16 PM
I found another pair that are plain silver, 1" band and 1 1/2" shank that I really like. It took a long time to find a pair with shorter shanks.
Rawhide- which are painted?
    09-21-2013, 05:06 PM
Agree with Chick, the shank length you need is determined by how close your heel falls to their side when you let your leg hang neutral.

If your heel is really far off the horse where you have to move your leg a lot to make contact, then you'll need a longer shank. If it's close and your heels are nearly touching the horse's sides with a neutral leg, then you want shanks as short as you can get them to avoid accidentally sticking him with one.

You might want to browse around this site, they've got a few dozen different types/styles of spurs and lots of them have super short shanks.
Spurs & Spur Straps - NRSworld.com

Oh, and another thing. I don't know if you're aware or not, but you'll want to make sure and buy a set in "womens" size. Men's spurs will likely be far too big and they're a pain to try to bend them small enough to stay on your foot.
    09-21-2013, 05:45 PM
Originally Posted by eeo11horse    
Rawhide- which are painted?
No. 1 looks to be for sure. Check these out lotta bang for buck.

Ken McNabb Western Tradition Men's Spur made by "PC"

Ken McNabb Western Tradition Lady Spur made by "PC"

Cowboy Embosed Calf Roper Spurs Marked Paul Garcia | eBay

Last set if you ordered you'd have to find on web who has them in stock, there pretty common inside they say "Paul Garcia".

    09-21-2013, 06:02 PM
Last set if you ordered you'd have to find on web who has them in stock, there pretty common inside they say "Paul Garcia".

Heres what they look like other site not up(Paul Garcia). Own many pairs but brown pair nice but brown paint scratches easily. Pic might be two small to see.

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    09-22-2013, 05:53 PM
How long should they be? Whatever you want as long as you know how to use them properly. My wife prefers roping style spurs, while I prefer the big roweled buckaroo style. If you like the way they look, and how they feel on your heals, get them.
    09-22-2013, 11:05 PM
But Sorral, you don't want a pair of spurs with shanks so long that you have to consciously keep your legs away from the horse to avoid poking him. On the same hand, you don't want a pair of spurs with shanks so short that you have to move your foot 4 inches just to make contact.

The ideal length is the spur that is completely un-used when your leg lies neutral but is easy to engage with very little movement of your foot.

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