How to Fit Cowboy Spurs

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How to Fit Cowboy Spurs
Spurs differ depending on the purpose of the rider. (Pair of rusty spurs image by rider from

Cowboy spurs provide a way for you to encourage your horse to move wherever you desire. The horse will be directed to increase their speed with just a slight nudge of your foot. This allows the rowel, or your spur's round part, to make contact with the barrel of your horse. Depending on the size of your boots, your cowboy spur size may also vary. Fitting your cowboy spurs will depend on a person's riding preference. With some simple tools and the right knowledge, you can pick the right cowboy spur size for you. The instructions refer to both English riding and Western boots.

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  • Cowboy spurs
  • Boots
  • Pliers

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    Choose an adult-size spur if your boot size is anywhere from 6 to 13 for men or 7 and up for women. Men's cowboy spurs are wider compared to women spurs because men's boots are bigger.

  2. 2

    Select a spur size for women if you are getting a pair for children ages 6 years and above.

  3. 3

    Check the width of your horse's torso or barrel to help you in choosing the right spur size. Narrower barrels often need a longer spur shank, while wider barrels require a shorter one.

  4. 4

    Fit the spurs to the boot by placing it just above the boot's heel.

  5. 5

    Place your spur ¾ of the way up your heel counter on your riding boot. The heel counter is the back part of the riding boot, just above the sole.

  6. 6

    Use your pliers to pull the spur gently and carefully apart to allow you to fit it onto your boot's heel. Do this carefully so as not to stretch or break the metal when you apply too much force.

  7. 7

    Pull either side of your spur apart carefully in case it is too big for the boot. Continue to adjust a small bit of the spur, doing it little by little so as not to risk overstretching it or damaging its metal.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure that your spurs are always kept inside a place with room temperature if not higher, before you attempt to adjust them, in order to prevent breakage.

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