- Spurs are a pair of metal tools worn on the heels of cowboy riding boots.
- They are designed to direct an animal’s movements – usually forward or sideways – and can encourage a quick response to commands.
- Spurs are generally held in place by a strap that goes over the arch of the foot, under the sole, and in front of the heel.
- This strap is called a yoke, branch, or heel bend.
- The shrank or neck extends from the strap. This is the part that touches the animal.
- Some spurs also have a rowel – a revolving wheel or disc attached to the shrank.
- Jingle Bobs can be added to create a jingling sound whenever the boot moves.
- Modern spurs are designed, operated, and controlled to transmit subtle signals to the horse, and aim to avoid unnecessary animal abuse.