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Weight: 0.10-0.15 kg each


A spur was worn round the foot and over the heel. At the heel was either a prick or a rowel.

By 1314 prick spurs, which only had one sharp point to spur the horse, had been in use for hundreds of years, while the rowel spur had only just been invented.

The rowel had multiple points like a star, and could move freely. This meant that the rowel spur was less likely to injure the horse when it was used.

How were they used?

When mounted on horseback, the rider could move his feet close to the horse’s sides and move his foot slightly to touch them with the points of the spurs. If done skilfully, spurring would not usually hurt the horse. The rider could give many different commands with the spurs, depending on how and where he used them.

Spurs were also a very important sign of rank. Only knights were allowed to wear gold spurs. Riders who did not belong to the knightly class had to wear spurs of plain iron.