Spanish Cowboy Spurs

in Spanish

Although you can trace the use of spurs or riding spikes back to ancient Rome, the Cowboy Spur we know and love, came to the United States Of America via Spanish roots. The spur was introduced to the US by a Spanish conquistador called Hernando Cortez in around 1520. Cortez was responsible for conquering Mexico and his army of mounted soldiers also took control of Cuba and helped in the fall of the Aztec empire. The soldiers already wore heel spurs and the designs were adopted by the American people and went on to become what we know as cowboy spurs.

The first spur that was brought to the states was known as "The Espuela Grande" which, translated means "The Great Spur". This design would have been very simplistic but actually featured a rowel that was 6 to 8 inches in diameter which made the whole spur very cumbersome and difficult to use when not mounted. During the conquest of Mexico the spurs were copied by the Mexican farm workers and soon spread north to mainland America where the Vaqueros, farmhands and later the Cowboys took the design, refined it and made it their own.

As with many spurs from around the world, the Spanish style spurs come in a certain style which is not dissimilar to the Mexican style. The rowels are larger and are more flamboyant than those found on the boots of American cowboys. The rowels which, like the "The Espuela Grande" can be up to 6 inches in size and feature a many pointed star design.

On a pair of Spanish Spurs, the outside of the spur heel band and neck will also be heavily decorated with intricate designs, silver, brass, copper or gold inlays and mountings. This is the main identifying mark that sets Spanish Spurs apart from others.

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If you want to find out more about Cowboy Spurs and see some great images of Mexican and Spanish Cowboy Spurs, then head over to the authors website. You can learn more history on spurs, their makers and styles or just browse the various sections and find you favorite pair.

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This article was published on 2010/04/01