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.
Why do you put a mask on a horse?
A fly mask or fly cap is a mask used on horses to cover the eyes, jaw, and sometimes the ears and muzzle to protect from flies. The mask is semi-transparent and made from a mesh allowing the horse to see and hear while wearing it.
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.
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.
Should I take my horses fly mask off at night?
Remove fly masks at night unless there is a medical reason to keep them on. Dirt and debris from the mask can fall from the mask and into your horse’s eyes. Horse fly masks can become grimy when not cleaned on a regular basis, which can lead to possible skin infections. Check that the ear coverings fit fine.
Why do horses wear 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.
Why do horses wear hoods when racing?
They can also be used to help a horse settle before a race and are significantly faster to put on and off than blinkers. A hood covers the horses ears and head leaving eye holes for them to see. They’re padded around the ears and so restrict the noise of the crowd, allowing a nervous horse to be calmed down.
What does a lugging bit do?
A low-key gear change, sometimes known as a ring or lip bit. It gives the rider better control of his mount and helps keeps the horse running straight.