How to Attach English Spurs

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The purpose of wearing spurs is to improve the communication between horse and rider. English spurs are different from Western spurs in that they are lighter, have a shorter neck and a rounded, blunt end. The position of English spurs is higher on the ankle, which allows you to maintain foot position. If you have never before put on English spurs, it can be confusing where to attach the straps, but it is very easy once you learn how.

  • Put your boots on before you attach your spurs.

  • Slide the spur on the back part of the boot just above the ankle.

  • Thread the strap through the stirrup starting with the inside of your boot. Push the end of the strap through the inside top slot at the end of the stirrup and back down through the bottom of the slot.

  • Run the strap underneath the boot in front of the heel and around to the other side of the stirrup.

  • Feed the strap through the slot at the end of the stirrup by pushing up through the bottom of the stirrup similar to the other side. The strap is fed through the metal like a buckle.

  • Bring the strap on top of the boot to meet the other side and buckle the strap tightly so it does not slide around. Repeat for the other boot.

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