Spurs have been around for a couple of thousand years, worn by Celtic, Roman, and Arabian horsemen alike. In all that time, the design of spurs has changed little. A spur’s yoke is still secured to the back of the boot heel by straps. At the outside-bottom part of the yoke is a shank, which is often, but not always, adorned at its end with a decorative, spiked, rotating rowel.

While some spurs were made for English riding styles—the Prince of Wales, the Waterford—the spurs of the popular imagination are those made in the 19th-century American west, particularly in the Southwest, where the influence of Mexican jewelers and silversmiths had an huge impact on the design of these tools to spur horses to action.

While English spurs were, for the most part, restrained in their design, Western spurs were big and ornate, supplemented by leather chaps guards. The shanks of English spurs were usually flat or rounded at their ends, intended to command horses in precise movements rather than driving them hard after runaway cattle. Western spurs were loud in design and sound—rowels that were fitted loosely so they’d jingle and jangle are known as pajados.

In recent years, decorative motorcycle spurs have gained popularity among those who prefer iron two-wheeled horses to real ones.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

The Wheelmen

The Wheelmen

This elegant tribute to turn-of-the-century bicycling includes memorabilia, photographs, and an index of 3140 bicyc… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

" Antique Set Of Crockett Spurs " Found In ColoradoAntique Western Spurs Buermann Collectable Cowboy Antique Western Spurs Buermann North & Judd Collectable Very Rare Hand Made Silver Mounted Spurs Marked Ky Old Crockett Engraved Spurs With Leathers Great Patina Grandfather's CollectionOld Set Of SpursVintage Block Letter E. Garcia Sterling Silver Inlay Iron Horse Show SpursOld Crockett Spurs Grandpa's Vintage Western Collection Crockett Side MarkingRare Engraved Antique Crockett Spurs Vintage Western Grandfather's CollectionVintage E. Garcia Westurn Fancy Spurs"as Found" - "north & Judd " - Pair Of Cowboy Spurs - "anchor Logo "Bronze ** Buffalo Head ** SpursCowboy Western Vintage SpursPair Of Vintage Marked Buermann Spurs Matched Pair Large Antique Spurs W/ Leather Straps - Lot #1nrVintage Pat. 1879 Marked Buermann's Single Spur Vintage Crockett Renalde Western Spurs W/leather Straps - Both MarkedHand Made Spur Straps W/buckles & Keepers Marked Wayne Dollar? Sterling Silver Overlay Vintage Garcia SpursBronze ** Horse Head ** Spurs ** MarkedVintage Kelly Spurs, Single Mounted With CoinsSteer Skull Long Horns 2' 6" Cow Bull Skulls Horn H7171Steer Long Horns 4' 0" No Skull Skulls Horn Cow Bull Lh1284Antique Civil War Era Cast Brass Spurs With LeathersOnly One Vintage Hercules Bronze Brass & Silver Tone Horse Head Western Spur A Fine Pair Of Vintage Chilean Made Cowboy Spurs 4 Inch Rowels 8 1/2 In LenthMen's Silver Mounted Spurs Maker MarkedAntique Engraved Crockett Spurs Vintage Western Grandfather's Cowboy CollectionVintage Ricardo Nickel Silver SpursEarly California Silver Mounted Drop Shank Single SpurOld Cast Brass/nickel Western Spurs - Mexican? Triangle/flower MotifLady Leg ** Engraved ** SpursEarly California Silver Mounted Drop Shank Single SpurEarly Silver Mounted Drop Shank Single Spur Group Of Four Very Old Antique Individual Spurs - Lot #2 NrVintage Pair Vaquero Cowboy/ Old Mexican Charro Spurs And Horse BitsBeautifully Engraved Long Shank Western Cowboy Spurs Weaver Dot Pattern StrapsVintage Antique Unmarked Western Mexican Silver Inlaid Cowboy SpursVintage Child's Western Cowboy Spurs Leather Straps With ArrowVintage Spurs W/ Jingles And Silver Plated Accents Cowboy Western – Beautiful!!Nice Pair Of North & Judd Spurs W/ Straps And Chains Clear Anchor Mark WearableVintage Silver Overlay Western Cowboy Spurs Sheriff StarVintage Marked Crockett Slip On SpursWestern Antique SpurSteer Skull Long Horns 3' 4" Cow Bull Skulls Horn H7299G A Bischoff "lady" SpursSteer Skull Long Horns 3' 10" Cow Bull Skulls Horn H7296Steer Skull Long Horns 2' 3" Cow Bull Skulls Horn H7175