Horses wearing blinders or cloth hoods

blinders

Surely many times we wonder how there are horses (especially in racing) that wear a cloth hood or blinders. This hood consists of having two holes made expressly for the eyes, which are screened on both sides by barriers that blinderto. With this system the horse can achieve faster times.

Especially if we talk about the Thoroughbred horses starting to compete it is very easy for them to get distracted, always at the beginning of the competition the noise or the rest of the horses that are around can make it get stressed and lose that vital essence. With these blinders it is avoided that the equine does not see and gets nervous. Not everyone needs this hood, there are some who get used to it and never need it.


It is also often the case that we deal with a overly curious horse which can be very easily distracted and that is not good for a racing horse. With this system you will not even pay attention to the rest of the horses and will simply focus on running.

During a race there are horses that tend to veer towards the outside, the rider has to make real struggles to keep it upright, and others, however, tend to get very close to the rest of the horses. In these cases also the blinders are put on so that they run completely straight, allowing for less energy loss and the potential for a faster race time.

Is usually use as a training measure, especially of young horses and those that develop abrupt alterations in their running style or even in their personality, it is mostly used to correct for a time, once the horse learns it is removed. The same happens in races once the problem is corrected, it is not put.


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