Blinkers are usually made of leather or plastic cups placed on either side of a horse’s eyes – attached either to a bridle or to an independent hood.
Additionally, driving horses commonly wear blinkers to keep them from being distracted or spooked, especially on crowded city streets.
Why are blinkers used on horses?
Horse blinders are firm leather squares or plastic cups that attach to a horse’s bridle or hood and prevent a horse from seeing behind and beside him. Horses that pull wagons and carriages wear blinkers to prevent them from becoming distracted or panicked by what they see behind the wagon.
What do winkers do for a horse?
In winkers they can see a lot more sideways and downwards and basically they stop the horse from looking back at the rider. Winkers are an in between measure that are great for horses who seem like they need blinkers but go too hard when blinkers are fitted.23 Sep 2008
Why do race horses wear cheek pieces?
The idea of cheek pieces is to partially obscure a horse’s rear vision with the aim of getting the horse to concentrate on racing. They help to focus and channel a horse forwards. They are often used on green or ‘spooky’ horses.30 Jan 2018
Why do race horses wear sheepskin Nosebands?
Nosebands are generally used on horses that carry their heads awkwardly. When they stick their heads in the air, the noseband will actually prevent them from seeing in front of them, so the horse then puts his head down so he can see.4 Feb 2008