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  • Spur Advice

    So I'm on the market for my first pair of spurs...I've been borrowing my trainer's high-end German silver pair of HS Balkenhol smooth rowels, and need to get some of my own (long spur w/smooth rowel).

    After checking out the cheaper HS version, Stubben, and Korsteel/Metalab designs in-store, they all seem basically the same: flimsy! The rowel was looser/crappier on some brands than others, but the rest of the spur were all of equal quality.

    What are your experiences with different brands in this style of spur? Is it worth spending the $52 + shipping on a "regular" pair, and risk them not lasting very long, or should I just go for it and spend the $106 on the higher end ones?

  • #2
    I have non-fancy spurs ... just small blunt ones, and they've lasted for years n years. If I didn't already have them and could justify spurs, you BET I'd get the really nice high-end ones.
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    • #3
      I am no spur expert, and just posted a spur post . That said, if your horse goes well in these particular spurs, I would spend the extra $, they are proven, and horses do notice subtle differences. You will save money in the long run getting the right equipment the first time (from a person with a trunk full of stuff that didn't work in garage)

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      • #4
        Get the best quality spur that you can afford.
        Ideally the the better quality (higher $) may cost you more now but won't cost you again because it failed sooner than you expected.

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        • #5
          What others have said. Get the highest quality that you can afford, they will last longer. (that goes for straps too!)

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          • #6
            Is this what you're looking for? The option with the smooth rowels?
            http://www.smartpakequine.com/herm-s...x?cm_vc=Search
            These are sprenger, but not as pricey as the other one you mention because they are stainless steel, not Aurigan or German Silver. Which IME is better because the Aurigan can make discolorations on some lighter colored horses.

            I have these in a couple different lengths and really like them.

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              #7
              Originally posted by NorCalDressage View Post
              Is this what you're looking for? The option with the smooth rowels?
              http://www.smartpakequine.com/herm-s...x?cm_vc=Search
              These are sprenger, but not as pricey as the other one you mention because they are stainless steel, not Aurigan or German Silver. Which IME is better because the Aurigan can make discolorations on some lighter colored horses.

              I have these in a couple different lengths and really like them.
              yes, those are the HS ones I thought were of average quality. the way the rowel moves and is placed in the spur is a lot different than the German silver ones, so that's something else I'm thinking about.

              And agreed with everyone else about spending the extra $ to get the right thing the first (and hopefully, only) time. If anyone knows someone selling theirs (35 mm smooth rowel), I wouldn't be mad if they told me

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              • #8
                Originally posted by cadance View Post
                yes, those are the HS ones I thought were of average quality. the way the rowel moves and is placed in the spur is a lot different than the German silver ones, so that's something else I'm thinking about.

                And agreed with everyone else about spending the extra $ to get the right thing the first (and hopefully, only) time. If anyone knows someone selling theirs (35 mm smooth rowel), I wouldn't be mad if they told me
                Well, I've had both kinds of the Sprengers. Both used for at least a few years each (and still going). And I actually like the less expensive ones. I believe I know what you're talking about with the way the rowel is placed/moves. I've actually had some issue with gunk or dirt or whatever getting in the spaces of the german silver ones. If you're not careful, it can build up and cause them to not spin freely. Have not had this issue with the stainless steel ones and feel that the rowels spin, and keep spinning more freely. I also prefer the ultra fit feature - feel that it keeps the spur in a more stable position on your boot.

                Just my personal experience though -

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                • #9
                  I have a pair of cheaper smooth rowels. And I have the Balkenhol ones (actually 2 pairs now of different shank lengths). The difference in quality and useable is significant. I figure I just wasted the money on the cheaper pair.

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                  • #10
                    BTW, since we are talking spurs, get the Nunn Finer rubber spur straps. They will be the last pair of straps you will buy. And they don't look rubber.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by baroqueNheart View Post
                      BTW, since we are talking spurs, get the Nunn Finer rubber spur straps. They will be the last pair of straps you will buy. And they don't look rubber.
                      Sorry to get further off track, but I've been wondering about those, thanks.
                      Moving parts=lack of longevity. Have you looked into hammerheads for schooling? They aren't quite as sharp, but they'll last longer.
                      "Rock n' roll's not through, yeah, I'm sewing wings on this thing." --Destroyer
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                      • #12
                        Rather have longer POW.
                        I.D.E.A. yoda

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by NorCalDressage View Post
                          If you're not careful, it can build up and cause them to not spin freely. Have not had this issue with the stainless steel ones and feel that the rowels spin, and keep spinning more freely. I also prefer the ultra fit feature - feel that it keeps the spur in a more stable position on your boot.

                          Just my personal experience though -
                          what do you mean by the "ultra fit feature"? Wouldn't the more expensive ones include that as well?

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                          • #14
                            can I be totally honest? they are metal, they will still be in great shape even after you retire and you can hang them on your wall and "remember when" buy the high end and be happy with your decision.
                            www.destinationconsensusequus.com
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by kinnip View Post
                              Sorry to get further off track, but I've been wondering about those, thanks.
                              Moving parts=lack of longevity. Have you looked into hammerheads for schooling? They aren't quite as sharp, but they'll last longer.
                              the square-ended ones? no, I haven't, but just from a quick look they seem short and would require more leg movement than with a longer one. I'm just going off what I've been using so far. I haven't really experimented with spurs on my horse, she's not a sensitive girl and the rowels seem to be doing the job (which aren't sharp, btw)

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                              • #16
                                To me the difference between the balkenhols and all the others is the weight. The heaviness of the more expensive spur makes me much more aware of where they are and what I'm doing with them. Worth every penny...

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by cadance View Post
                                  what do you mean by the "ultra fit feature"? Wouldn't the more expensive ones include that as well?
                                  You're right - they both have them. I guess I was picturing the older Sprenger German Silver spur with the regular spur strap angles.

                                  Now, most of their models have the ultra fit (or Balkenhol fastening)

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by NorCalDressage View Post
                                    ... because they are stainless steel, not Aurigan or German Silver. Which IME is better because the Aurigan can make discolorations on some lighter colored horses.
                                    Aurigan causing discoloration? Never heard of that and ride with mine on grays, palominos and light chesnut and never saw that... Where did you got that information?

                                    OP check on ebay, I got mine there for almost half the price. They were 'used', lightly as I could have put a tag back on and pretend they were new, and are my best ever pair of spurs. Its almost sad that my mare doesn't need them...
                                    ~ Enjoying some guac and boxed wine at the Blue Saddle inn. ~

                                    Originally posted by LauraKY
                                    I'm sorry, but this has "eau de hoarder" smell all over it.
                                    HORSING mobile training app

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                                      #19
                                      ebay is my go-to for horsey things and have had great luck, but can't seem to find the spurs i want on there at the moment

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by cadance View Post
                                        ebay is my go-to for horsey things and have had great luck, but can't seem to find the spurs i want on there at the moment
                                        Arent those you are looking for ? :
                                        http://www.ebay.com/itm/Herm-Sprenge...item27be85d839
                                        ~ Enjoying some guac and boxed wine at the Blue Saddle inn. ~

                                        Originally posted by LauraKY
                                        I'm sorry, but this has "eau de hoarder" smell all over it.
                                        HORSING mobile training app

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