Spur : What is it?
Spurs are used to reinforce the seat, leg, and voice commands of a rider. When a horse does not initially follow a natural command, the rider lightly jabs the horse with the spurs. A typical spur is comprised of a neck, a shank, a rowel, and a prick. They do not harm or cause the horse pain when used properly.
Kinds of Spurs include the following:
Western spurs are made of stainless steel. They have ten-point rowels that allow moderate to harsh goading. They are ideal for aggressive training and western riding.
English spurs are usually made of plated steel with knob or round ends. They do not have spikes, which makes them gentler on the horse. Some subtypes of English spurs are Prince of Wales, Rowel, Disc, Swan-neck, Roller, Le spur, and Waterford. They come in men's, women's, and children's widths.
Use: Choose gentler English spurs for relaxed riding. For aggressive riding or training, get Western spurs with multi-point rowels, so you can goad your horse into action and make it more responsive to your commands.
Materials used: Choose stainless steel or coated steel spurs because they are rust-resistant and remain blunt yet sharp enough to stimulate your horse effectively.
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