When we first think of spurs, we don’t imagine them as tools, but tools they are. First used by the Greeks and Etruscans in the second century B.C.E., all horsemen from the Romans, the Mongols, and the Moors to the French, the British and the Spanish used spurs as tools to assist in guiding their horses. Spurs were used especially when a rider’s hands were occupied with weapons or other equipment. For the better part of their existence, spurs have been associated with the upper classes.
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