What Are Cowboy Spurs?

There’s just something about the slow jingling sound of a cowboy boot hitting the ground that is synonymous with western culture. While you may know what cowboy spurs sound like and what they look like, do you know what exactly they are for?

Traditionally, western spurs were a cowboy’s most prized possession; a well-made pair of cowboy spurs provided a certain level of prestige for those who wore them. But before they evolved into a status symbol, cowboy spurs were used to increase performance and improve communication between the horse and rider. For horses that needed a little bit more motivation to go faster, western spurs were a cowboy’s best friend.

Seen at bull riders at rodeos, on cowboys in films, and as decorations in western-styled homes, over time cowboy spurs evolved into a true signature of the American West. Add a bit of classic western culture to your life with these cowboy spurs from Sheplers:

For the kids: 

Kids’ Little Outlaw Toy Spurs

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Little Outlaw Girls’ Pink Spurs

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For her: 

Silver Legends Women’s Turquoise Coral Boot Spur Necklace

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Montana Silversmiths Sparkly Spur Earrings

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For him: 

Small Spur Key Ring

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Montana Silversmiths Spur Rowel Heritage Attitude Belt Buckle

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For your home: 

Spur Salt & Pepper Holder Set

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Western Moments Basketweave Spur Rowel Photo Frame

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