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post #11 of 21 Old 04-13-2012, 04:00 PM
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Oceanne...where exactly do you live? I do fine driving with a Percheron and even those folks, with everything from Welsh ponies on up to the draft, call them blinders. Could it be where your from they are called blinkers? It could also be a European thing as well...
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post #12 of 21 Old 04-13-2012, 04:11 PM
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I dont know about anyone else but again all serve the same purpose but look different. Winkers are fleece rolls used on either driving or riding bridle. I see people call them Blinkers or blinders but technically they are winkers. Blinders are technically harness used where BLINKERS are used in Flat racing. Sometimes vice versa. But again serve the same purpose.
Its like in some areas a rising trot is called a standing trot Lines reins uuuugh it goes on and on.
I have done harness racing and drove horses for well over 30 years and never have I heard Blinders called blinkers and vice versa. But used the same.
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Hi Grey,I went to shcool and spent a lot of time driving and riding in Australia,including Bulgaria,Armenia and UAE, and they were pretty adiment about that when addressing parts of the harness ..Also,driving harness horses here in the states,(Mi) on the track as well as personally owning and driving many roadster ponies.We always referred to them as such.But you know how things can change and I do understand about the regional thing,so I conceed in the blinder/blinker issue, although I would never call them that. On the topic though,I know in Australia,I have seen a lot of ponies with blinkers on in hack classes etc and dont recall them being penalized for it.I like the idea that one poster posted about incorporating them into the costume too.Im sure that would help.
Timber,those rolls you speak of..we call them shadow rolls on the track.
Just thought I might post this pic for future reff.

Actually,this convo subject might make a good thread.How terms differ from region to region and era.Youve been at it for 30,Ive been at it for 50.Its interesting how some things can be called one name 20 years aogo as opposed to 60.I dont want to hijack the thread..

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I know when I saw the thread and saw "blinders",I had to see what was going on because I know a blinder as something completely different.A blinder is a bag or cloth blindfold that we put over the head of a VERY difficult horse or a horse that is really frightened..I couldnt imagine someone wearing one in a costume class!
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First off I apologize to others for stating what I am about to state and this will be my last post in regards to this. OCEAN you call them blinkers winkers what ever. I do not need the picture for future references TY. And if you read my posts you will see what I stated. They all serve the same purpose. Well except the shadow roll which is actually fleece roll along the nose to keep the horse from seeing shadows on the ground HENSE the reason its called Shadow roll as for the others:

SHADOW ROLL:

BLINKERS:

Again I apologize to the others for going off actual subject.
I will bite my tongue now ( actually Lock my fingers lol ) as to what I really want to say. But I refuse to be rude

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Actually,you are being rude.Im sorry to see it .
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Im sorry you are upset.As I stated,a blinder is something completely different to me.Im not sure what to tell you.Yes,blinkers are also used on the track.Im riding one of my racehorses in them in one of my pix...
Shadow rolls do go over the nose as the one you pictured, and there are those one that fits over his nose and continues on up against each side of his cheeks,is another version the shadow roll.Thats what we call them.
In my world,a blinder would not be allowed in any class,however,a blinker would.Instead of getting angry,why caouldnt we just talk about how things are different for some?
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Actually either name is correct, really depends on where your from and how you were trained.

If your animal isn't use to something being on it without blinders, then maybe you should wait till she can be led and is comfortable with something on her that moves, sways or anything else. A horse should be comfortable in anything you put them too, especially before going out in public where she should be calm and mannerly. I personally would not bring an animal into a show if they have to wear blinders on their bridle to behave, your missing something in their training.

This is a great post Grey,very sound advice to be sure.
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OCEAN I did state that in both threads that they are basically the same why I said go back and read. In the other thread is where you were rude to me and put my response in wrong thread. But anyways.. Im done with this.
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I just don't want her freaking out at the show. She doesn't really know what to think about her costume yet and the show is in a week. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks!


If you haven't much time to practice with the costume, then scrap the idea and do it next year. It would be irresponsible to show a spooky horse in costume, especially if they need blinders/blinkers/winkers/etc./whatever. I did a costume this past fall and even though my mare was fine with it at home and we had plenty of practice, we had a wreck at the show. I was just so thankful that no horses or people were hurt. Needless to say, I don't think I will ever enter another costume class, sadly... I'll still make them to go trick or treating with though!

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