Refinement of the leg aids

Spurs & Spur Straps

You can refine or strengthen your leg aids with spurs. You can choose between different types and the matching spur straps with patent leather and glitter, or the classic ones made of leather or nylon.

What are spores needed for?

Riding spurs are primarily used to refine the aids in higher lessons in all disciplines of equestrian sport. If you touch your horse's belly with the spurs, it will tense its abdominal muscles as a reflex.

  • used one-sidedly, the horse should step further forward with the hind leg
  • used on both sides, the horse should ideally shorten the entire belly and thus arch the back
  • Spurs are not used to drive the horse forward permanently
  • Spurs belong only on a calm rider’s leg

The types of riding spurs

The four most commonly offered types of spurs are those with a pin, wheel, ball wheel or button. Almost all riding spurs are made of stainless steel. Here we show the differences:

Spurs

  • the most commonly used variant
  • Mandrel at the rear is most commonly offered with lengths between 15 mm and 35 mm
  • Mandrel can be bevelled or rounded

Button spurs or spherical spurs

  • have attached an immobile ball to the end of the mandrel

Wheel spurs

  • have attached a movable, rotating wheel at the end
  • Sun wheel spurs also have teeth on the wheel
  • must be checked regularly for wheel mobility

Ball wheel spurs

  • are available in horizontal and vertical versions
  • have a freely movable ball in a fixed suspension
  • must be checked regularly for ball mobility

Are wheel spurs sharper than spurs?

Here, as with almost every question about the sharpness of a piece of equipment, opinions differ. The answer is: NO! Because the spur is only as sharp as the rider uses it. With wheel spurs, the bigger and blunter the spikes are, the less harmful they are.

In contrast to spike spurs, wheel spurs slide more easily on the horse's belly. It is important to note whether the wheel is attached horizontally or vertically to the spur. Due to the up and down movement of the heel, the classic wheel spur with vertical attachment is particularly suitable for sliding on the belly.

With a spike spur, on the other hand, you apply targeted pressure to a small point, but it doesn't slip off so easily. Since all spurs serve to refine the horse, careful handling is recommended. Inappropriate reinforcement, such as constant tapping with riding spurs, leads to the horse becoming numb.

How long must the spur be?

If your leg is very long, you should also use a longer spike or swan neck spur. This will prevent your leg from becoming unstable or you having to pull up your heel to insert the spur.

If your horse is sensitive, very short thorn spurs or button spurs are suitable. You can use these very precisely with small, gentle impulses. No matter what length you use for your horse - here too, the principle applies: "As much as necessary, as little as possible!"