Spurs are a means of getting a horse's attention and
communicating with it. A cowboy or showman does not use spurs to hurt or
punish a horse , but rather to cue the horse. A spur broken horse knows
to sidestep left if spurred on the right, for example. Some horses are
so well broken a rider can control it with spurs and voice commands
alone; no bridle is required. However, before a rider can do so , she
must put on spurs correctly.
1 Slide the spurs on one at a time. For each foot, choose
the spur that places the buckle of the strap on the outside of the foot
when you slide the spur over your heel. If the buckle is on the
inside of your foot, switch spurs. The straps on some spurs swivel
almost 360 degrees on the end of the yoke. As a result, it is possible
to put the spur on upside down. The metal buckle attached to the yoke of
the spur and the strap must face up. Another means for knowing right
side up is the shank of the spur. If the shank is curved, bends down.
2 Slide the spur over the heel of your boot. If the
yoke is up around your Achilles tendon and your fibula bone, the spur is
mounted too high. If it hands off the bottom of your heel onto the heel
of the boot, it is mounted too low. The spur belongs directly behind the
heel of your foot.
3 Buckle the straps. If you over-tighten the strap, the spur
will ride up the back of your heel for an improper fit. If the straps are too
loose, they will sag down below your heel. To test the tightness of the spur
strap, put the spurs on and walk around. Jumping up and down gives you an even
better idea of the fit.