Spurs for Horses
As an enthusiastic rider, you will sooner or later come across the benefits of horse spurs: These practical tools are designed to support the rein aids and reinforce the signals. Thanks to the precise signalling, you can support your four-legged friend more effectively than with the usual thigh pressure. You will find a large selection of horse spurs in our online shop.
Frequently asked questions about Spurs
Spurs are designed primarily to support the rider's leg aids. This reinforces the signal given to the horse and enables a fine and precise influence. When using the spurs on the horse's belly, the abdominal muscles of the horse tighten as a reflex, which causes the back to arch and leads to a better collection of the horse. Another effect is the increased stepping under of the hind legs, which leads to more impulsion. To ensure that spurs are used correctly, the rider should be experienced in the use of spurs, have a stable or well-balanced seat and be able to keep the leg steady against the horse. If used incorrectly, spurs can have negative consequences, in the worst case injure or deaden the horse. The motto is: "Spurs must be earned".
There is no general answer to the question of which spurs are the most suitable. First of all, a distinction can be made between spurs used in English riding and those used in Western riding. In English riding, the spurs are fastened with so-called spur straps, which are usually made of leather or nylon. Round end spurs, swan neck spurs, rowelled spurs or Prince of Wales spurs are often used. Western riders, on the other hand, often opt for rowelled spurs or swan neck spurs. However, it is important that the spurs match the body height of the rider. For example, if you have a long leg, it makes sense to use Prince of Wales spurs with a longer flat end or swan neck spurs. For riders who are somewhat shorter, it is advisable to wear short spurs, such as round end spurs. The character of the horse should not be forgotten, because not each of them shows the same reactions to spurs. For nervous and sensitive animals, it makes sense to use less sharp spurs such as round end spurs or Prince of Wales spurs. For more impulsive horses, rowelled spurs are suitable.
Before competing, it is advisable to have a look at the the Performance Test Regulations and the FEI guidelines. As a rule, spurs should be applied in such a way that the end is aligned horizontally or inclined downwards. The spurs must not cause any puncture or cut injuries to the horse and must not restrict the horse.
The most common way to use spurs is to place them in front of the heel using a spur strap and close it around the instep. This way the spur is at the back of the boot and can be used directly on the horse's belly. These spurs attached with a spur strap, however, should neither be too loose nor too tight and should not interfere with the rider's posture in the saddle. Alternatively, there are clip-on spurs, which, on the other hand, can only be used with a boot specially designed for this purpose. Another variant are the quick-on spurs, which are directly connected to the boot. In our online shop we offer a so-called spur protection belt especially designed for the use of spurs, which is attached to the saddle girth with a Velcro fastener and to the D-rings of the saddle with straps.