SPURS. The use of spurs can be traced to Roman times. Early spurs were made of wood or bone, later ones of metal. Spurs were a necessary implement to the cowboy when he was mounted and a social requirement when he was dismounted. Though spurs are often highly decorative-"gal-leg" spurs, for instance, had shanks shaped like a woman's legs-utility has always been the first consideration. Cowboys used the spur for everything from a branding iron to a grave marker.
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