You’ve just received your new spurs and you’re excited to use them. You give them a push but they just won’t slide on your boot! Here’s the easiest way to adjust a pair of quality steel spurs, whether they’re too small or too big.
You want your spurs to be adjusted to slide on with your boots with ease and rest on the spur ledges. They should be a little bit wider than the heels of your boots so they can move slightly up and down. This slight movement is important when cueing your horse. They should not be so loose that they fall down below the spur ledge onto your heel bases. Alternatively, they shouldn’t be so tight they won’t move up and down at all. A good pair of spurs made of high quality steel will be heavy enough that when they’re adjusted correctly they will always fall back into place.
To adjust your spur bands:
1. To make spur bands wider place the ends of the bands over the outside of a vise’s jaws. Slowly rotate the handle until your spur bands expand. This will not damage your spurs. You will need to spread them farther than the desired width as the steel is somewhat dynamic and will spring back slightly when the vise pressure is released. If they still aren’t wide enough try again.
2. To make your spur bands narrower place the ends of the bands on the inside of the jaws of a vise. The jaws of the vise in these photos have been lined with a soft plastic material to protect the outside of spur bands. You can substitute a tough piece of cloth or a piece of leather. Rotate the handle until they become narrower. Repeat if necessary.
Dennis Moreland Tack makes spurs to fit everyone in the family. You choose the band size and width, the length and curve of the shank and even the rowel to meet your horse’s needs. Crafted from aerospace industry steel and hand engraved nickel silver, these spurs will last a lifetime. For more information on our professional quality handmade spurs visit http://www.dmtack.com/pcategory/spurs/ or call 817-312-5305.
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