June 22, 2024

Spurs are metal devices attached to the heel of a boot or shoe, typically worn by riders to aid in controlling a horse. They have a small wheel or point, called a “rowel,” that can be used to apply pressure to the horse’s sides. The rider can use spurs as a gentle aid to communicate with the horse, providing subtle cues for movements or changes in direction. In modern fashion, spurs are sometimes added to the back of the boots simply for aesthetic purposes.