I thought spurs were worn only for bronc riding. Correct me if I’m wrong.


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Horsemen have used spurs at least since the days of knights in shining armor.

Spurs were generally used to control the animal, but not used in a cruel manner. Some of these old spurs with long, pointed rowels could be used that way, but in the West, a man who mistreated a horse would not last long in most outfits. Usually a slight motion of the leg is enough to get the horse’s attention.

Their usage differs in a rodeo since a bronc rider is scored on how well he keeps spurring.

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian. His books include The Arizona Trilogy and Law of the Gun.

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