I am uncertain how many of you understand some of the tack used by some of our Trainers and Jockeys. So I thought it might be of interest for those not knowing to briefly check matters out. After all some of the tack used has to be declared or it will not be able to be used. I have had horses running where the trainer forgot to declare a visor so we were not allowed to put it on the horse for the race.
Every racehorse wears a Bridle… this is leather made headpiece that holds the bit in place to steer and guide the horse where the jockey would like it to go.
Some horses wear cheekpieces, sometimes known as French Blinkers these are used to encourage the horse to look forwards and not look sideways.
Normal blinkers are also used to encourage a horse to look forwards and not be put off by horses ranging alongside. Blinkers can encourage a horse in a tight finish to a race.
Visors are another piece of headgear that is sometimes used to assist the horse in looking forwards but the visor allows a little more side vision than blinkers.
Some horses get disturbed entering the stalls. A double blanketed cover that fits behind the saddle and covers the hips for stalls entry and horse doesn’t get knocks entering the stalls. It helps sometimes nervy horses. There is a ring and short rope near back of rug to allow it to fall off easily when horse leaves the stalls. This blanket is normally known as a Monty Roberts Rug/Blanket.
Hoods are also used on horses to allow them to concentrate and reduces noise levels that upset some horses. Aidan O’Brien is using visors and hoods more nowadays.
Tongue ties are sometimes worn to prevent a horse from getting their tongue over the top of the metal bit which would create steering problems for the jockey.
I do hope the information is of interest and you can see in declarations the abbreviations for things like horse wearing visor, tongue tie, blinkers etc. When making selections the tack being worn should be considered as most items have to be declared when the horse is declared to run.
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