Riding spurs at Epplejeck
are a metal tool that can help to make the horse move forward. They are attached to the heel of the boots by spur straps
Riding spurs are used to refine the rider's aids and for more precision. Horses can get dull to the rider's leg, therefore spurs can be used to encourage the horse to react better and quicker. It helps the horse to react with more precision, without using more leg pressure.
When you want to start using spurs, you should make sure that you can ride your horse using all of your aids independently. For example, you should be able to use your seat without gripping with your legs, and use rein aids without affecting your seat. If you can't use all your aids independently, the usage of spurs will only confuse your horse.
There are many different kinds of riding spurs. You should use as little as possible, but as much as you need. If you aren't sure about which riding spurs you need, you can always ask your trainer.