The spurs are metal spikes that are placed on the heel of the rider's boots, with the purpose of directing the horse's movements.
It is usually touched with the heel on the side of the horse to increase speed, turn or go forward.
We must bear in mind, that they must always be brief, precise, conscious touches, to avoid harming the horse.
The spurs are used in all equestrian disciplines, but always complying with the rules of design and use, thus avoiding any type of abuse towards the animal.
There is a wide variety of sizes, shapes and styles that we will explain below.
WHAT TYPES OF SPELLS DO I HAVE TO BRING?
Depending on the height, the experience of the rider and the discipline that is practiced, there are several types of spurs.
There are spurs for children, men and women depending on the size of each foot.
In addition, depending on the intensity you want to give the horse, its sensitivity and discipline that you are going to perform you must choose its special types of spurs.
The spur is composed of several parts:
Parts of a spur
The spurs are basically composed of an arch, which is the curved part to adjust the heel, the legs, which are the parts that go to each side of the foot, the strap, which is the strip that holds the spur to the rider's foot and the buttonhole, which joins the strap with the bow. Roulette, which is the part to spur the horse and rooster that is the part where they hold and spin the roulette.
These last two parts are the most essential, since they are the ones that maintain contact with the horse.
TYPES OF COCK AND USES
- The short cock: This type of rooster is usually used in jumping discipline, since its body is very close to the horse and they need short 15mm roosters. They use it especially when they go into the jump to motivate them.
Spur Roulette Cowgirl Straight Rooster
Spur Cowgirl English Roulette Normal Rooster
If you look now at roulette, the most common endings are of hammer, with smooth, round or toothed roulette.
The choice of roulette type does not depend on the discipline that is practiced but rather on the experience of the rider and his needs.
Are spurs necessary?
The answer is NO, however, if used properly they can make the job easier, improve the communication and response of the horse and its performance.
The spurs are not to harm the horse, but to help with precision movements and allow a subtle signal instead of kicking the horse.
If we use the spurs with awareness and sensitivity, knowing that it is one more way to communicate with our horse and not to harm them, our ability as riders will improve considerably.