Horse spurs are a useful piece of equestrian equipment applied once the horse has become very familiar and obedient to their rider's leg aid. Often seen as an archaic, old device used by riders of the past, horse spurs serve a good purpose in the today's equestrian world. Attached to the boot with a horse spur strap, spurs are used to usually direct your horse in continuing forward or laterally when riding. They are considered (alongside bits, whips and crops) to be an artificial riding aid, refining the natural riding aids, the leg, hands, seat and voice (the leg in particular).
Spurs are not designed to be a form of punishment, despite any negative connotation spurs may have, they have been used by riders throughout history. Not all competitions or disciplines will allow the use of spurs, particularly rowel spurs. It is always best to check beforehand to ensure you are permitted to use spurs in your respective discipline.
If you have any questions about horse riding spurs or the horse spur straps that keep them on, please feel free to call a member of a sales team who will do their best to help and answer any concerns or queries you may have about equestrian spurs.