Mexican Chihuahua Spurs

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Although you may associate Cowboy Spurs with American cowhands and the Wild West, there were many other styles of spurs from all over the world. With the difference in society, wealth and lifestyle, spurs from other countries have very different designs and styles to what you might consider to be a normal pair of western spurs.

Spurs made in Mexico are also very commonly found in collectors circles and are a sought after antique item just as much as those made by the famous American makers such as Crockett or North and Judd. Made from cruder materials, favoring cast iron for the entire design, a pair of Mexican Spurs have a very different design to their American cousins.

A pair of Mexican spurs can be identified easily as they are much larger in their physical design and manufacture. The heel band is chunkier and is of a larger width and the spur has a very simple design, not having many surface designs or silver mountings. The Mexican cowboys also had a liking of larger oversized rowels with many points, sometimes up to 6 or 7 inches in diameter. They were also fond of using a "Pajados" design which we would know as Jingle Bob, where the center circle of the rowel is larger than the pole fastening it and therefore makes a jingle noise when the wearer is using them. The Pajados also has a small metal chain or piece that hangs either side of the rowel to made more noise as they make contact with each other.

When people refer to Mexican spurs, they use the term Chihuahua Style, which can be used to describe spurs from Mexico or of Mexican design and style. Chihuahua spurs are still made today as part of the tourist trade but their historic legacy runs through all styles of spurs from all over the world.

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If you want to learn more about Mexican chihuahua spurs, then head over to the authors webiste - Cowboy Spurs where you can learn a great deal more information about the various styles and the people who made them.

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This article was published on 2010/04/01