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Western-style cowboy spurs with rowels, chap guards and buttons for the spur straps A spur is a metal tool designed to be worn in pairs on the heels of riding boots for the purpose of directing a horse to move forward or laterally while riding .
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Western saddles have had a long and interesting history.
A stirrup is a light frame or ring that holds the foot of a rider, attached to the saddle by a strap, often called a stirrup leather. Stirrups are usually paired and are used to aid in mounting and as a support while using a riding animal (usually a horse or other equine , such as a mule ). [ 1 ] They greatly increase the rider's ability to stay in the saddle and control the mount, increasing the animal's usefulness to humans in areas such as communication, transportation and warfare. In antiquity, the earliest foot supports consisted of riders placing their feet under a girth or using a simple toe loop.
One thing that you would want to do especially if you are riding in a western saddle for the first time is make sure your stirrups are the proper length. You would want your stirrup a little bit longer than you would in a English saddle.
A horse wearing an English bridle with a snaffle bit and a cavesson