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    

Handmade Powder River Kelly Bros. Western Cowboy SpursSilver Mounted Sliester Spurs Auberry Ca Usa Vintage New Old StockHandmade Marked Inside Heelband O. Crockett Western Cowboy SpursE Garcia Spur Set Antique Original Spurs With InlayHandmade Western Cowboy SpursHandmade Crockett Bohlin Mounted Western Cowboy SpursVintage Hand Made Big Rowel Spurs One Of A KindSilver Double Mounted Bottle Opener Spurs Maker MarkedSteer Skull Long Horns 3' 6" Cow Bull Taxidermy Longhorn Mounted H8486Pair Of Antique Heavy Nickel Steel Horse Spurs W/chains & Buckles No ReservePair Of Silver Mounted - Crockett Spurs -- Stamped On TopMaker Marked Spur Straps With Sterling Silver Visalia Bucking Horse ConchosSteer Skull Long Horns 4' 5" Cow Bull Taxidermy Longhorn Mounted H8501Steer Skull Long Horns 3' 7" Cow Bull Taxidermy Longhorn Mounted H8491Steer Skull Long Horns 3' 9" Cow Bull Taxidermy Longhorn Mounted H8493Steer Skull Long Horns 3' 11" Cow Bull Taxidermy Longhorn Mounted H8492Silver Overlay Iron Old Cowboy Horse Spurs Mexican Peso RowelsVintage North And Judd Marked Engraved Brass/bronze SpursVintage California Single Silver Spot SpursAntique C1900 A. Buermann Cat. #1278 1/2 "spot" Spurs - Santa Fe CollectionNice Vintage Pair Vaquero Cowboy Mexican Charro Spurs 4 Silver Antique 1880-1930 Mexican Spurs - Santa Fe Artist's Estate CollectionVintage Pair Crockett Renalde Metal Spurs Kelly SpursVintage Cowboy Spurs And Straps Silver ArrowsVintage Texas Cowboy Western Spurs Marked BbVintage Pair Stainless Steel Cowboy Horse Spurs W/ Leather Straps, Nice, N Res Renalde SpursAntique Single Unmarked Buermann Eureka SpurOld Antique Iron Horse Jingle Bob Spurs Buermann???Crockett SpursAntique Single Unmarked Buerman Spur & One Part Buerman SpurPair Of Old Iron Spurs And Straps -- NrAntique Civil War Era Brass Horse Boot Spur W/iron Rowel No ReserveVintage Cowgirl Ostrich Skin Poker Suit SpursCowgirl Cowboy Western Nice Spotted (studs) Spur Straps- Santa FeVintage Kelly Western Spurs Steel With Engraved Flower Leather Straps Vintage Pair Of Alum And Leather Cowboy Spurs Nice!!! L@@k!!!!!!!!Vintage Champion Heeler Rodeo Spurs. Vintage Silver? Embellishment Mounted Cowboy Spur-art-diamond Iron Horse ShoeCowboys SpursVintage Pair Of Spur StrapsVintage Iron Spurs W/ Silver Overlay & Spur StrapsAntique Civil War Era Brass & Steel Horse Spur W/ Leather Strap & Buckle No Res Antique Unmarked Buerman Single Spurs 1870s/1920sBronze Re-enactment Cavalry Officer Spurs And Spur StrapsAntique Single Cowboy Spur--western Relic DecoratorVintage Cody Old West Auction Spurs Bits Saddle Crockett Kelly Mcchensey CatalogSilver Spurs, Sliester Engraved Silver SpursAntique Civil War Era Brass Sand Cast Horse Boot Spur W/iron Rowel No ReserveNice Vintage Pair Of Crockett Stainless Steel Ladies Or Kids SpursBox ** Of ** Misc ** Spur ** Straps Vintage Spurs Antique Vintage Child's Childrens 8 Spoke Western Cowboy Boot Spurs Chain StrapsNice Vintage Used Pair Of Western Cowboy Spurs With Leather Straps2 Sets Vintage Western Spurs Steel Brass Cowboy DecorLot Of 2 Single Vintage Western Spurs With Leather Strap One Anchor North & JuddUsed Crockett BitKelly Spurs With Weaver Straps Hand Tooled Spurs. Rodeo Cowboy Cowgirl SpurVintage (?) Western Spurs (bought In Military Lot)-unmarked